Worship Director continues to blog from the joint conference of the Christian Women Connection and the National Association Women of the Church of God.
With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried. The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, How long will you be gone? When will you return? After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request. – Nehemiah 2:5-6
So, you heard the call and started the work. As we go along, the doubts also begin – “Is this really what God wanted me to do? How do I know it’s God?” Do obstacles mean we’re on the wrong road or does it mean we’re exactly on track and we can know we are doing the will of God BECAUSE of the obstacles.
Rev. Dr. Kimberley Majeski spoke again on October 1, relating the story of Nehemiah who heard the call to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem – no small task…no few obstacles…no way to fail while continuing to follow God’s call on his life. Nehemiah was the King’s Cup Bearer -a pretty great job, Dr. Majeski reminded us, as long as there was no poison in the wine – but he was no architect, contractor, diplomat, nor commander of men. He was just a guy who was open to God’s call. God opened the doors for Nehemiah; moving the king’s heart to allow him to go, sending letters to dignitaries along the way for safe passage, providing Him with all the resources they would need to complete the construction task. The trouble came from those neighbors around Jerusalem who wanted Nehemiah to doubt his direction, who began talking and scheming and planting lies in order to force him to yield, to fear and to fail. But he refused and forged ahead, building the walls and bringing the remnant of Israel back to their God.
We all have a call to follow and we all will encounter problems, but like Nehemiah, we can overcome the world with “a prayer to the God of Heaven” in our hearts as we go about the Master’s business. We can often be confirmed in our call in direct proportion to the level of its crazyness to our own abilities. It is not me, but God in me, that produces results – we know that only by His power can the task be completed, not our own.
We may not build physical walls around the city to protect God’s people, but we might build walls of spiritual protection around young people in our communities that need God’s love and guidance through a dangerous world. We may not preach God’s Word from a tower and see thousands turn their hearts back to the God of their Fathers, but we might put our arms around just one, who may not even seem worth saving, to whisper Christ’s healing words of hope and love. That one then may be used of God to reach a generation or a nation that we could not understand.
We will all have detractors, we are all prone to sin and discouragement and doubt. We are meant to struggle. Yet it is through our perseverance that the battles are won. God believes in us, even when we don’t believe in ourselves. Dr. Majeski encouraged us to do whatever we do with confidence. If you act like you know what you’re doing, you’ll be surprised how others will believe you! You may even convince yourself in the process.
At the conclusion of her message, Dr. Majeski reminded us that we are “called to be the Light – – not to beat out the darkness.” God does not call us to anything that is too big for us nor to anything that is not guided by love and compassion. Stick to the task for which you were called, no more and no less, for God’s plans are perfect and He has chosen you as His perfect tool for the job.
Follow Rev. Dr. Kimberly Majeski’s ministry at http://www.kimberlymajeski.com/