July 31, 2011

The Shepherd's Corner

This past week some of you came up to me to share your personal experiences of being driven to the “desert of life” and how there, in the desert, the good Lord had already been waiting—for you.  I can relate to that.(Tidak ada terjemahan dalam bahasa Indonesia)

This past week some of you came up to me to share your personal experiences of being driven to the “desert of life” and how there, in the desert, the good Lord had already been waiting—for you.  I can relate to that.

There are times God drives us to the desert—or humbles us—so He can get our attention.  It is not always easy to hear God speak to us when we are right in the “city of life” where noises dominate our hearing.  But, in the desert where we hear nothing and where our pride is at its lowest point, we can hear God’s speaking to us—clearly.  However, what is most important is to know that before we even end up in the desert, He is already there—waiting for us and to be with us.

I still remember a conversation I had with a young woman who was driven to the desert of life by the hands of the Lord.  She said, “I learned something about myself that I am not as good as I thought.”  That’s a huge lesson to take home with.  I remember that lesson well because I, too, have been there.  I am not as good as I thought I was.

We are not as good as we thought.  We are not as loving as we thought.  We are not as patient as we thought.  We are not as humble as we thought.  We are not as forgiving as we thought.  And, the list goes on.

Because God loves us so much, He will never stop driving us to the desert of life.  His intent is only one: that over there in the desert we can get down on our knees, confessing our unworthiness and affirming Christ’s endless grace.

Pastor Paul

There are times God drives us to the desert—or humbles us—so He can get our attention.  It is not always easy to hear God speak to us when we are right in the “city of life” where noises dominate our hearing.  But, in the desert where we hear nothing and where our pride is at its lowest point, we can hear God’s speaking to us—clearly.  However, what is most important is to know that before we even end up in the desert, He is already there—waiting for us and to be with us.

I still remember a conversation I had with a young woman who was driven to the desert of life by the hands of the Lord.  She said, “I learned something about myself that I am not as good as I thought.”  That’s a huge lesson to take home with.  I remember that lesson well because I, too, have been there.  I am not as good as I thought I was.

We are not as good as we thought.  We are not as loving as we thought.  We are not as patient as we thought.  We are not as humble as we thought.  We are not as forgiving as we thought.  And, the list goes on.

Because God loves us so much, He will never stop driving us to the desert of life.  His intent is only one: that over there in the desert we can get down on our knees, confessing our unworthiness and affirming Christ’s endless grace.

Pastor Paul

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