There was a lot of whispering around the water cooler. My supervisor was a candidate for Vice President of the department. Many asked, “Was she qualified?” Others thought, “There has never been a woman in this position before,” and “Is she even suitable for the task?” Although there were at least four other candidates, she was chosen to carry the torch of Vice President. Never had I been so proud of my boss of three years. My coworkers and I had a big celebration dinner filled with joy and plenty of gifts to honor her new-found success. Finally, her hard work had paid off and she was headed for bigger and better things.
After the initial excitement died down, I was hit with the news that there would now be a few more additional changes. Although the promotion was a wonderful achievement, I never considered that I would no longer report to my fearless leader. As she moved up the corporate ladder, there was now a new vacancy in the department and things were about to shift. Her current position needed to be filled and I needed a new supervisor.
There was again a lot of whispering around the water cooler. “Who would be the candidate for the new position?” “Would that person be as qualified as my last supervisor?” and “Is this person going to be suitable for the task?” Many candidates began to come into the office. With each interview, anxiety began to build and an unseen dark cloud began to fill the atmosphere. My work environment was encompassed with a state of worry and fear of the unknown. Finally, a new candidate was hired and things began to change.
Through this experience, I realized three things: God is sovereign, change is inevitable and worry and fear is the absence of faith and trust. I often wonder why God sometimes never fully discloses the stipulations of his blessings. For example, even when there is a promotion, we often lose things in the process in order to grow. As God takes us to higher heights and deeper depths, we may lose some friends along the way and may have to endure a lot of negative “whispers” and our faith may be challenged. We may feel uncomfortable at times, but we cannot let fear overtake our hearts, because even though our situation may transform, there is a time and season for every change and this too shall pass.
We must fully trust God that our outcome will be in our favor and even when we go through the process of not knowing the future, there should be a reassurance that God is in control. God encourages us in the book of Deuteronomy 31:6 to “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” He also reminds us in 1 Peter 5:7, to “Cast all our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us.” God is with us, through the journey of moving into the blessings He has prepared for us. He is with us when people speak words filled with questions of doubt and uncertainty and He is with us through the midst of change. Leave the unknown results to God, and never fear the outcome of moving forward.
I’ve struggled to find a topic lately to write on. My heart has been focused on a couple areas, the need for the church to have the Holy Spirit, a third Great Awakening, or the view that free speech applies to everyone else but those who go against cultural norms. Couple that with the season I’ve been going through lately and I have a lot to talk about and a limited platform on which to discuss it. As I have prayed, and even now continue to pray on what to write, I realize, we are as a church and nation, hurting for revival.
What do I mean by that you may ask?
Let’s look at the most recent and controversial event the church (as an organization) has created, The Nashville Statement. The Nashville Statement is in short a manifesto of what the Church (as the body) stands for in accordance with God’s will, pertaining to same-sex marriage, and the roles of men and women. For further information, I’ve provided the link below. This statement (which for the record I agree with), has been met with so much opposition, and none more so than from other Christians. Why? Because, from my observation, we have lost sight of Christ, we lack discernment, and we do not immerse ourselves in the presence of God. In short, we’ve told the Holy Spirit, thanks, but we no longer need you. I’m reminded of what 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “But the Holy Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach.”
Now, this is not every Christian’s belief, but it is enough that we see a tide turning. I know I made a bold statement, but it is very true if you look closely. We are hurting for revival. We are hurting for the Spirit of the Lord to come through and clean His church. The late Revivalist Leonard Ravenhill said this, “America, doesn’t need God, the church needs God. If the church got God, America would soon feel it.” He passed away in 1994, but his words are truer today than they were at the time he spoke them. One thing is true, The Nashville Statement, exposed the hearts of a lot of Christians across the nation. We need to choose a side, and we need for God’s spirit to ring true. However, these are just the thoughts of one man…so I ask you…what do you think?
The Nashville Statement: https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement/