THERE IS A STRANGE STATEMENT IN Scripture that flashes like a bright neon sign. Paul made it while he was saying good-bye to a group of friends standing near him. It was a sad moment heavy with emotion.
THERE IS A STRANGE STATEMENT IN Scripture that flashes like a bright neon
sign. Paul made it while he was saying good-bye to a group of friends
standing near him. It was a sad moment heavy with emotion. Most of the men
were choking back tears, realizing they would never see him again. Looking
around, the aging apostle, with his weather-beaten hand pointing south
toward the stormy skies above the Mediterranean Sea, voiced these words:
"Now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don't know what awaits
me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and
suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for
finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others
the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
There isn't a Christian reading my words who hasn't walked that path. And
struggled with ways to convince others it is right. And endured the frowns
and well-meaning advice of those who try to point out why the idea is a
fluke . . . even downright dumb.
And so it goes. Who hasn't stepped out on faith, leaving a sure thing,
walking away from an ace in the hole, looking down a long, dark tunnel with
no end in sight? And yet filled with unimaginable excitement. Going . . .
yet not knowing. Obeying . . . yet not understanding. Beginning a journey
that is unpredictable, risky, untried, and appearing a little insane to
some—yet prompted by none other than the Lord Himself.
Are you on the verge of such a decision? Is the Lord loosening your tent
pegs, suggesting it's time you take a drastic leap of faith trusting Him to
direct your steps through a future that offers no tangible map? Lean on
Him. Verify His leading through His Word and through godly counsel. Check
your motive. Consider the impact on others. If everything checks out, then
get going . . . even without knowing.