I learned a long time ago that we can’t depend on our feelings, and I know enough about the Bible to know that I’m not a prophet. But, sometimes, to put it in the words of an old song “I just feel like something good is going to happen”. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not basing that on my feelings alone. I feel this way because good things are happening! In other words, I feel the way I do because of what I’ve been observing. The only way I know to describe it is to say strange things are happening. I am seeing God work in ways I never dreamed of. It’s not like I had a vision of something and prayed earnestly that God would do it. What He is doing all comes as a surprise.
I can remember preaching that that we ought to expect the unexpected, the extraordinary, but I have to confess that I haven’t always practiced what I preached in that regards. Like a lot of people, there have been times when problems distracted me, people disappointed me, and pressures depressed me to the point that I let myself get in a rut. Fortunately God blesses in spite of us and not because of us. And what God has been doing has certainly awakened me. Without proselyting members from other churches, or resorting to worldly tactics to attract a crowd, or compromising important doctrines to please people, or making emotional appeals begging people to join, God just keeps adding members who fulfill unique roles in church ministries. I’m talking about people who are both able and willing — people with a servants heart, people who are not seeking a salary, a position, or a title, but simply want to be used of God to be a blessing.
Over the last few years, without any planning or effort on my part God has sent these people and opened doors to ministries unforeseen and never dreamed of. None of the credit goes to me or anyone else– “this is the Lord’s doing, it is marvellous in our eyes”( Ps. 118:23). This isn’t the place to go into detail, and most our folks can see this for themselves, I just want to make sure that we remember to give God all the praise. Nothing in the world is so exciting as watching God at work. If you are bored with life maybe it’s because you are focused on the wrong things. God has opened doors of opportunity, let us make sure that we take advantage of them by making ourselves available for whatever He wants us to do. And as we watch His marvelous plans unfold, let us take none of the credit, but rather give Him alone all the praise! Think about it!