Moving On; June 22, 2017

2 Samuel 12:20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

One thing David learned through all of this was acceptance. As he himself explained in verses 22-23, he knew that he couldn’t change the past, but he was in God’s hands. That is part of genuine humility before God. He had begged God for this child’s life, going to extremes in what was considered acts of humility, but when God’s answer was a firm, “No,” he accepted that and went on with his life. (I think it’s worth considering the child here. We think it’s tragic when someone dies young, but compared to eternity, none of us are alive very long. I don’t think the child himself was punished for the sinful circumstances under which he was conceived. Indications are that he didn’t survive to circumcision/naming, which would leave him without personal sin.) I have known quite a few people who were so devastated by a particular event that they were unable to move on. That is never God’s intent for us. We have to deal with the consequences of our actions, and often with the consequences of the actions of others, but God doesn’t intend that any of those become dead ends for us. Like David, we need to trust Him enough to get up, do what we can to clean up, and worship God, knowing that He still has a plan for us that is good. Last Sunday in the message God had me compare the Holy Spirit to a GPS system, that even when we get off course it will recalculate and tell us the best way to go from wherever we have gotten ourselves. Man-made GPS systems are fallible, but God isn’t, and He always has the best plan for us to proceed from wherever we find ourselves, even if we have gotten way off of what His plan had been for us previously. We aren’t to mourn the previous plan, put trust Him with His modified plan.

I really don’t know how my life might have gone had I not made some of the various mistakes I have made, but getting depressed about lost opportunities is certainly not productive. Just recently, had I been more active in believing God wanted us to use the land next to the church, it might all be in the church’s name right now. However, I was passive, and it is now legally in the hands of a real estate dealer. That said, the Lord has shown us that we can still get almost half of the land (though for more money than we would have paid for the whole piece) and it will be enough to build the facility we have been thinking about. That’s exciting! I’ve already started approaching potential lenders/donors, and though I haven’t gotten a positive answer yet, I’m to keep going. I’m to remember that, as I often tell others, God isn’t limited by our weaknesses and failures, and nothing is impossible for Him. The road ahead may be long and steep, or it may not. The point is that God is going to get us through it, and I need to trust Him.

Father, thank You for this encouraging reminder. Thank You for the things that You have been doing the past few days that have seemed both very good and very fast. Help me not try to rush You, but keep me from lagging behind, no matter what speed You take us. May Your will be done on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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