Prepare to Develop?
By Kris Robinson
Did you know one of the greatest bible study tools is the Dictionary?
With that, if I were to ask you, what are the definitions of ‘Development’ & ‘Preparation’, would you know? I’ll wait a second while you either look them up or attempt to define them.
Now, would you say in your definitions, that having feelings such as that of being overlooked, forgotten, or ‘skipped-over’ are part of your definition?
You see, having feelings of being overlooked, forgotten or skipped-over usually means things aren’t going the way we had planned, waited for our whole lives, or even may have prayed for. Questions start to arise like, “Where are you God, I’ve been doing exactly what You’ve told me to do, why am I experiencing this (enter trial/struggle here)?
After all, we know what’s best and how our lives should be going! And so, if we’ve been doing exactly what we’ve been told and there is a trial or struggle keeping us from getting from point A to point B, then something must be wrong, right? It would not make sense for God to allow, let alone take us through, a trial or struggle in order for us to get to a destination, let alone feel overlooked, forgotten and skipped-over, would it? Wouldn’t it?
Think about it; what does the Bible say about trials? Is it a matter of ‘if’ or ‘when’ they will come? I’ll give you a hint, read James 1:2. If that weren’t enough proof, look at Joseph’s life (Gen. 37-50). The eleventh of 12 boys, was given two visions, both of which had him lording over his siblings and the second over his parents, for which he was rebuked by his father. Brashly sharing these visions, had him thrown in a pit by his brothers then sold into slavery in Egypt. Even still, the Bible is explicit that he maintained God’s ways throughout, yet, found himself in prison for a crime he did not commit. After two years of being imprisoned, God’s providential hand delivers him to the ‘king of Egypt’, Pharaoh, for him to interpret 2 dreams. Of which he says;
Gen. 41:16, “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
What faith? What resolve? What a perspective; especially since things hadn’t gone like you had dreamt? You see, like most things in our humanness, we pervert our perspective so that it only benefits or keeps us comfortable. In my own experience I know this to be true. What’s funny to me, is in the business & fitness realm, I see that they understand that growth occurs outside of comfort zones; yet Christians can’t get it? For instance:
“The work doesn’t begin until you are tired” ~Shaun T, Insanity Asylum, workout trainer~
“Comfort is the enemy of achievement” ~Farrah Gray, businessman~
“You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” ~Unknown~
Do you feel overlooked, forgotten or skipped over? If so, is it possible that you aren’t looking for the BIGGER PICTURE?
What are you waiting, hoping and praying for? Could it be that you may need to ‘Wait on the Lord’?
Based on your answers; is it possible that we’ve made the situation hopeless when God wants to reveal something greater than we could of imagined; developing us and preparing us so that we are able to handle it?
Would love to know your thoughts on our FLCC Facebook page.
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millennials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.