Whatever He Says to you, do it…

I enjoy television commercials. (I know…weird, huh?) The writers and creatives that make those happen are just that; creative. Slogans and jingles from those can really stick in your mind.

Whether it is a certain cow that has an affection for chicken, or a song that gets stuck in your head, or some arches that are yellow…each of us remember those products and commercials.

I also remember a swoosh with the slogan, “____________ do it.” (You filled in the blank, didn’t you?)

Which brings me to a story in the Bible about a wedding. (John, chapter 2.)

Jesus and his disciples had been invited to a wedding in a town called Cana. As the celebration continued the wedding hosts ran out of wine. It was at that moment that Mary, Jesus’ mother, said a powerful statement to those who were serving at the wedding. She looked at the servants, and pointing at Jesus, said:

“Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5)

Such a powerful directive!

Do you ever find yourself making excuses to not do what Jesus said? I know I do…Here in this story though, all of our excuses are torn down. I learn that we can do what Jesus said…

Whatever He says to you, DO IT…

Even though…

  1. You are not at the right place. (John 2:1-2)
    Jesus was at a wedding, not a church. You may feel you are not in the right place for God to direct you, but you are right where you need to be.
  2. You have a lot of problems. (v. 3)
    They had no wine.
    What you focus on will grow. Don’t let your problems become a bigger focus than God’s power.
  3. You are not encouraged. (v. 4)
    Jesus told Mary, “It is not my time.” Yet instead of being discouraged, she grabbed the possibility of a miracle.
  4. You have not walked with the Lord for very long. (v. 5)
    The servants had just met Jesus. The disciples had just started following Him, yet they were expected to obey.
  5. You have not see Him work miracles in your life. (v. 7-9)
    This was Jesus’ first miracle. He had not performed one miracle yet.
    They obeyed before they saw their breakthrough.
  6. You don’t understand the entire process.
    We can’t see all that God is doing. His ways are far greater than we can comprehend. But He is working!…FOR YOU!

Whatever He says to you, DO IT! Even though…

Today, lean in close to the Lord. Hear Him whisper your name. Listen for His direction…and follow Him. It will be an amazing journey!!

Dealing some hope today,

Pastor Dave

W.A.I.T.-ing…

Do you know the four most dreaded words while traveling? (Do you remember when we did that, you know…travel?)

The four most dreaded words when we used to travel when our children were young…”Are we there yet?”

Waiting…please tell me that we are almost there…I remember one trip in particular when my family and I were going to travel about 16 hours total to visit relatives. We had been on the road for one hour…and it started…the piercing wail of two small children… “Are we there yet?”

Have you wondered that recently?  How long?  Are we there yet?  How long before life gets back to normal? What is normal anymore?

What do we do while waiting?  I’ve been reading in the Gospels during this time, even as we are approaching Easter…and I have been drawn to stories around Jesus’ birth.

In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, Mary, the mother of Jesus was presented with a promise from God that she would have a baby, and that baby would be the Son of God…but then she had to wait.  It didn’t happen for her right away. She had to wait for the birth of that Child.

At some point all of this will be over…but for now, we wait.  So what do we doing while waiting?

Let’s look at Mary’s response to her season of waiting…

1.  W  –  WORSHIP

Worship is the position of the faithful.
It is the position of those who wait on the Lord.

Mary’s response is to magnify the Lord. She sings when she visits her relative Elizabeth, “My soul magnifies the Lord!”

Between the time of the promise and its fulfillment —- Mary worships!!!
Let God use this time to develop you deeper, stronger in faith through Worship!

2.  A  — ACT ON WHAT YOU KNOW

Remain faithful and true to God’s Word. Mary continued to live out her faith in the Lord. I remember a motto from my time in the military:
“OLD ORDERS STAND UNTIL NEW ORDERS ARE ISSUED” 

Do those things to stay safe that you know to do. Act on what you know to do, and trust God with what you don’t know.

Make a decision during this season to choose to remain faithful to the Word of God, following the desires of the Lord during this time.  Don’t let circumstances sway us into disobedience… not in our actions, words, or even our attitudes!
(That gets tougher the longer we are quarantined with our families too, LOL)

3. I  –  INQUIRE OF THE LORD 

Take your tough questions to the LORD!!!  He is not put off by your questions… I know we all have questions during this time, and we don’t understand everything. Inquire of the Lord.

Inquire also means “to listen” for His response…
However great the questions, give them to the Lord, yet let’s remain humble enough to hear and listen for His response.

4.  T  — TRUST GOD

Mary believed!!! This is the ultimate “line drawn in the sand.” She made a commitment to believe that nothing was impossible with God. Although she couldn’t explain everything, and didn’t understand all that was happening, she trusted God.

Psalm 27:13-14
13  I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14  Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!

Dealing some hope today while we W.A.I.T.,
Dave