There comes a time when you go as far as you can go with man, as Jesus did when he faced hard trial and in desperation, he was driven ‘a little further,’ leaving behind His loyal friends as He had to face God Himself in His critical life decision.
In this life there are serious times of trial and decision we all will face. We too must go ‘a little further’, alone, to seek God’s Face.
We ask others to pray and we gratefully listen to their counsel. The majority of the time we get the answers we need and receive and are greatly blessed by their ministry.
But there comes a time when we cannot get closure; no matter what we do or how many friends we ask for help. We are greatly unsettled and are vexed, driven to seek God’s Face.
There are serious and critical times that are coming upon us when we must make a decision that affects not only us but others.
Understand this: It isn’t that we don’t benefit from our friends’ prayers and their loving care for us, contrarywise, but we each have limitations as part of the body of Christ and we can only go so far in helping or aiding people.
For example, as a medic on the battlefield finds us wounded and administers first aid in what areas afflicted, these first responders are crucial in helping wounded individuals find good medical attention, pointing them in the right direction.
Medics are limited and work within their expertise. It is these first responders who help prepare transport to other medical facilities which can work on the total restoration of the wounded souls.
A man helps, prays, counsels, encourages as pieces of a puzzle. Each one helps in their particular way giving the measure of light they carry to help along the way. However, there comes a time when WE must find the divine ourselves who has authored our life.
We cannot understand a book well unless we know the author. God has authored our lives and we are to be living epistles seen and read of all men.
A man may read us like pages, but God sees and knows the heart. God created the script and, in our nakedness, we trust for He sees the total picture of us; within and out.
In our wandering desperation to find answers, there are those who carry sustenance within. These are like refreshing pools, pouring cool water over our dry weary soul-refreshing our brow giving us the strength to move on in our quest again.
In our quest for crucial answers, frustrations do come from well-meaning believers and also not so well-meaning folks.
I do believe God uses Christians and sinners alike, to test our hearts and resolve. We must learn the lessons, in keeping a selective small circle of trusted friends/ counselors for intimate, private, personal matters which keep family and personal matters safe.
I believe this is wisdom and part of being in covenant with other believers. We must understand that not everyone has our best interests at heart…..
If we don’t learn about selective prayer partners, we will learn the hard way, as well-meaning and not so well-meaning people leave us exasperated and being pulled in all directions. When we are hearing confusing reports, it’s the time to pull away from everyone and seek The LORD.
Jesus had to do it, and there will be a time when we too must go ‘a little further’ to find that isolated spot to bear our wounded soul alone and seek that major life decision. We must hear from God alone, as no other voice suffices.
When we cannot find closure and our heart and soul are vexed, we must leave behind the well-meaning, even close friends and go ‘a little further’ totally naked before God for God knows everything and He holds our fragmented heart and soul. These serious and critical times will affect us and others based on our decisions.
Some of you feel defeated, drained, discouraged and if known, wish for death! Your reserves are running so low but you keep on going because you cannot separate your facts from fiction. It’s time to go ‘a little further’ and wait and seek God’s Face.
As we mature in The LORD, we learn compassion and we treat others with kindness and compassion. I have learned that sometimes it’s best to just pray and not say. Just nod, or let them know you are praying for them.
God works within us and uses our experiences to aid ministry to others, when our expertise runs out it is best to pray and not say.
In closing, remember, anything that doesn’t lift you up, give you peace, joy, heal you and set you free, reject it, it is from the father of lies.
“And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; and saith unto them my soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest not thou watch one hour: Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The Spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak,” Mark 14:32-38 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey