September 9, 2019

I’m going to jump right into the theme for today’s blog so hang on and keep reading! But know I am praying for YOU today!!

Most of you already know about our journey to Jamaica and some of you are probably already tired of hearing about it. Ha. I understand. Sometimes I get tired of thinking and praying about it too. Sometimes I wish that my day would be just a little less hectic and frantic and overwhelming. But I was reminded today that God often calls his people to difficult tasks. People ask me if I am excited about Jamaica like I’m going there to retire and sip on cold drinks by the beach every day. Yes, I am excited but I am terrified at the same time. But that is OK. I didn’t sign up for an easy task. I knew it would be difficult when I said yes (and it has been maybe more difficult already than I could have realized). But it would be arrogant of me to think I am the only one God has called to a difficult task. And let me just say here that if you are looking for God to just give you something simple and easy and comfortable then I am going to suggest that you are probably NOT in the center of His will. The Bible is FILLED with story after story of people that God called to do seemingly difficult, if not impossible, tasks.

        We can go to the Old Testament and see Abraham and David (particularly in his younger years) and Daniel and Noah and Moses and Joseph and Hosea. Hosea. The LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.” Hosea 1:2 (ESV) Ummm, OK. That’s a pretty tough task. Put yourself in Hosea’s shoes and think about how you would handle that. I know most of us would say well I obviously didn’t hear God correctly on this one. We would try to weasel our way out of it or come up with some excuse or whine and moan all the way. And yet that is not what we see from Hosea. He doesn’t question God. He is immediately obedient. He follows God’s command from the beginning to the end. God has a bigger picture in mind than just what He is asking Hosea to do. “Adultery is a picture of people turning away from the Lord to give themselves to the love of false gods. When committing spiritual adultery, people no longer give their love to God. Rather, they give their love to the things of this world such as illicit sexual pleasure, wealth, possessions, recreation, fame, honor, and recognition. An idol is anything that is given first place in our lives, anything to which we give our first devotion and loyalty. If we trust anything—place our lives and hope upon anything—more than we do the Lord, this thing is an idol. It was this lesson that Hosea’s wife symbolized. She committed adultery, turning away from her husband and giving herself to another man. Her adultery was a perfect illustration of what the people of Israel did down through history. They turned away from the Lord and gave themselves to the idols of this world. The people committed adultery against God Himself.” So God had a purpose for what he asked Hosea to do. A difficult task. A task that Hosea surely did not understand but nevertheless he carried out just as God commanded. God’s difficult tasks don’t always make logical sense like I mentioned yesterday in my sermon.

        Let me give you a few pointers from an article called “When God Asks Hard Things ofYou.”

        “Though we live in a different time, our Lord is Hosea’s Lord. He does not change (Malachi 3:6). We can walk away from this story knowing how Hosea dealt with the hard things God asked of him: He had a promise from the Lord. He could cling to the commitment of God’s faithfulness to his people, though he would not physically witness the coming of its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

What about us? We’ve seen what Hosea never did; we’ve seen God’s promises fulfilled in Christ.

  • When God’s Word seems severe to us, we can trust God’s kindness toward us, perfectly displayed in Jesus Christ in his substitutionary death for our sins (Psalm 145:17).
  • When we seek strength to endure God-ordained affliction, we can fix our eyes on our enduring Savior who bore the worst affliction for our sake “in his body on the tree” that we might escape the worst affliction that exists: the wrath of God (1 Peter 2:24).
  • When tears – not explanation – are all we know (Psalm 42:3), we can take comfort that our brother Jesus weeps with us. He also promises us an eternity with him where sin, suffering, and weeping will be no more. Those who have received mercy will be called God’s people and will be welcomed into his eternal home (Hebrews 4:14-16; John 11:35; Revelation 21:3-4).”

Is God calling YOU to a hard task today? I think He might be. Only you can answer that but I can promise you if He is calling you to something difficult He will walk with you every step and He will do amazing things through your obedience. Trust in the Lord. Lean not on your own understanding!!

Just a quick reminder about our Pearl Snap Kolaches Fundraiser this week. If you want to donate money directly to us I will share that with you in a few weeks. But if you want to help and get something good to eat then join us this week in this fundraiser. Two ways to do it: 1) Order a dozen (or more) kolaches this week (before Friday) for FREE delivery this Friday. Call 817-233-8899 to order. 2) Come join us this Saturday at Pearl Snap (4006 White Settlement Road) and order any amount of food or drink and part of the proceeds will go to support our work with orphans. They are open Saturday 7-2 and we will be there around 8:00am (until close) to hang out with you and visit!! Come join us!! (P.S. They have amazing burgers!!)

Last Word: I want to wish my son, Micah, and his bride, Amanda, a Happy 8th Anniversary tomorrow!! We love them and their two sweet boys so very much!!

I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?