Courage to Reset
“I will get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”
Today, I was listening to Apostle Lewis Fisher who was sharing with the faith community about ensuring that Christ is the center of and has ordained everything that we set our hands to do. This applies to everything from ministry to marriage. He seals his point simply by saying that we should “Have the courage to reset.”
This resonated with me. When I heard this, I saw a million things flash before me that I participated in and supported, but that God had not ordained. For some of those things, I had no idea God had not blessed it until it was too late. Many others, I knew full well going into it, that God’s hand did not rest upon it, but I did not have the courage to stop, pray, repent, and reset.
The prodigal son made it sound easy, didn’t he? He squandered his wealth in unfruitful living, and when he saw that He was “in a bad way” … with no money and no friends, not to mention in a pigsty… literally, the Bible says, “He came to his senses”. He decided to “get up, go to his father and share that He had sinned against both heaven and his father and was no longer worthy to be his son.” Just like that. He came to his senses. He found the courage to reset.
It did not happen in my life like that. It was more like… I came to my senses, then my senses left me again… then I thought and cried, and squandered more… then came to my senses, and then was scared, and then…decided to get up.
I went through the above series of events because I lacked the courage to reset and start again. What would people say? How will this look? How do I come back to God when I didn’t consult Him in the first place? How do I even begin the reset process?
The truth is what people say, how it looks and where to begin doesn’t even matter. What is important is being certain you are not in a situation that God has not destined and ordained. When we allow ourselves to embark on something that God has no part in, it is sure to be a failure and God gets no glory in it. And our Father knew when we set out to do our own thing that we would be back, in our own pitiful way, asking for mercy and pleading with God to fix whatever it is that we messed up. And He always does. He makes it all work out for our good. Like the prodigal son's father, we are welcomed with open arms by a God who loves us beyond what we could imagine.
Whatever you are endeavoring to take on today, make sure God’s hand rests on it. Make sure God has given you the go-ahead. Consult Him before you move. Don’t ask Him to jump in on the back end. Matthew 6:33 (Amplified Bible) says, “But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.” When we do, we are certain to please God.
Perhaps you have gotten a little too far into it, you’ve invested too much. Have the courage to step back, seek God, admit you went out on your own, and reset. There is so much more at stake than just your investment. You could miss an opportunity to give God glory.
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"God is there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it."
Psalm 145:18 Message Bible
Recently, I was speaking with my church about the power and the importance of prayer. We talked about how this communication is important to maintain a relationship with God, just as open communication is a requirement for any other relationship.
I heard how difficult it could be to pray because so many other things enter our mind and we find our thoughts drifting. The enemy is cunning, isn't he? Amazing how we can so easily get preoccupied when we are supposed to be communing with God.
But there are several promises given to us, when we endeavor to pray to the Father, through Jesus Christ. God has promised to be there... eagerly listening for everyone who prays and means it. He has promised that if we seek Him, we will find Him when we do so with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13). He tells us that we can have confidence in knowing that we can have anything according to His will if we earnestly ask Him (I John 5:14). The only requirement is that we pray and pray earnestly, with our whole heart. Without attention deficits. Without wondering minds. Laser focused.
Now is a time for us to pray more earnestly than ever. Even though we are dealing with the sickness and death from COVID-19, and a wealth of other things that concern our heart, God still gives us a chance to communicate with Him. He still promises to be there. We should run to the throne of grace often, making prayer a part of our everyday life, not a task in a brief moment of time.
What a joy it is to know all that awaits us in the will of God when we give Him our attention! He desires to fellowship with us. He wants to talk to us. And when we communicate with Him, He is there listening for all who pray, and mean it.