“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
One personal change for me has been the increase of meetings with other leaders to discuss next steps for our ministries. These meetings range from enjoyable (ideas for service projects, stories of people coming to the Lord) to difficult (balancing needs, logistics, finances, etc.). It’s the nature of the beast—those called to be leaders must make difficult decisions. Individuals with any type of leadership experience can understand the struggle of making wise decisions while taking numerous factors into consideration. Leaders also know the pain of making decisions that will make some (or many) people unhappy. It has definitely helped me be more patient with our government leaders!
This season has been another gentle reminder for myself that God’s Word is truly a “guide for our feet and a light for our path” (Psalm 119:105). I share my appreciation for our elders, especially as we go through the nitty-gritty and see there is so much biblical wisdom and references within each other’s ideas and thoughts. I love it when working over a specific need or issue, scripture is the basis for the solution. I love it when within prayer, there is a request of humility, not only to know God’s Word, but to obey it so that we can lead properly.
I share these things not to lift up the elders as men to be glorified, but rather to express the need for us to consider their faith and recognize that God’s Word alone comprehensively guides us in all aspects of life, both good and difficult.
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews (13:7)
As the author of Hebrews says in 13:7, Leaders worth following and imitating are those who live out such love and submission to God’s Word.
As I grow closer to what is known as “middle-aged”, I still confess my lack of wisdom and my need for growth. One thing I have observed within my years however, is repeatedly, how God’s Word goes beyond our scope of understanding. There are many decisions I can think of that I strongly believed were good (and even biblical) at the time, but in hindsight, were poor decisions because I didn’t or couldn’t consider some of the long-term repercussions. Yet another reason that shows the importance of mentors in one’s life.
If we claim that God is eternal, do we believe that the truth of His Word is also eternal? (Matthew 5:18, 24:35) “Faith in God’s Word” is that belief that even though you do not see, you have assurance that it will pass—even if it possibly means choosing a difficult path today. (Matthew 7:13. Hebrews 11:1) And the beauty of this is, the more we trust and obey God’s Word, we increase our testimony of His goodness and faithfulness in our lives, that we have more reason to trust Him in future tribulations. When we don’t trust, we lack those testimonies instead, and understandably so, it becomes more difficult to trust Him in future plans.
We are but one dot on the timeline of history, but our God is the overseer of that timeline. May we delve into His word more and more during this season of distancing, so that when things “return to the norm”, we will be ready and equipped for the next work He has for us.