You Did What?

Years ago I had an organizational meeting with a hand full of contractors that attended my church.  The plan was to raise the monies needed to remodel the educational wing of the church, an area around 2,000 square feet.  We drew up some ideas and agreed to begin creating a cost analysis for the project.

A few days later I came to church to find a group of pickups in the parking lot.  My Administrative Assistant meets me at the door and says, "I've got to go run an errand."  She hurries out the door and gets in her car.  Then I hear hammering at the other end of the church.  I walk over to discover that one of the contractors had taken upon himself to demolish the educational area.

To say that that I was shocked is putting it mildly.  We had no money, no time and no plan.

Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
I took said contractor aside and asked him what was going through his mind at that moment.  He told me that he was just getting things started that God was going to supply everything we needed to renovate the area.

He had created a problem that He thought God would solve.  

That isn't to say that God couldn't come through.  He could, but He didn't.  It took us a year to put everything back.  No Sunday small groups for a year.  We couldn't keep one guest all year because you had to walk into a construction zone every Sunday.  It was ugly.

God does expect you to take steps of faith.  Some of them are even going to be risky.  But here are a few things that you need to understand.

God never expects you to be irresponsibly reckless.  Dangerous is possible.  Pushing the limits is likely.

God doesn't need you to create problems for Him to solve.  Life has enough problems, you don't try to force God's hand and "make" Him do what you want.

God will be patient with you.  Take the time to pray and even fast.  This will help you get a clear direction for your life.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to have the faith I need to follow You and do whatever You ask of me.  Amen.


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