From The Pastor’s Heart – November 28, 2018
I hope you were moved and inspired by the first Sunday in our “Christmas Dilemma” series as we looked at the dilemma of Joseph. The thing that struck me most was how in the midst of Joseph’s dilemma, God was at work.
The definition of dilemma is “a difficult situation or problem.” Have you ever found yourself in a dilemma brought about by God’s plan conflicting with yours? If you haven’t, you most likely will at some point. In those moments we have to remember that God’s purpose is much bigger than ours.
Where we live we see a lot of horse and buggies on the road. To keep the horses from getting spooked and going off track they wear blinders so they can only see what is in front of them. Sometimes I feel like we are that horse with blinders on and we can’t always see the big picture of what God is up too. Sometimes we place the blinders on ourselves and are unwilling to consider the bigger picture of what God is doing. Other times I think God places those blinders there so we don’t get spooked by the magnitude of His plans.
In either case we must get to the place where we are willing trust that God is at work to accomplish His purpose. The best expression of that trust is obedience. Even though Joseph had doubts, when he heard the voice of God speak, he was obedient and rearranged his plan to fit into God’s plan.
How will you respond when your plans are interrupted by God’s bigger plan? Your choices are to trust Him or not. May God give us the strength to say “yes” to His plan. That is what we will explore this Sunday as we look at Mary’s dilemma of saying “Yes”. I hope to see you there.
Have a blessed week!