Goldilocks

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Goldilocks

Continuing with “From Fables to Faith,” I used the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (originally told by Robert Southley) this past Sunday. I used the idea of Goldilocks searching for fulfillment by taking what someone else had as my spiritual application.

   In the story, we see Goldilocks largely looking for a place of comfort and rest. Unfortunately, she clearly was not trusting God for her provisions as she discontentedly rummaged through the blessings of other people (or bears) until she found something she could steal.

Goldilocks was not content with her provisions so she wanted someone else’s blessing.

•             James 4 tells us that we covet and cannot get what we want which leads to quarreling.

•             I believe God has a unique calling and blessing for each of us. You should be certain of God’s promise for you specifically and not envy what God is doing in someone else’s life.

•             We should never claim someone else’s promise or try to steal their blessing

Goldilocks did not trust God for His proper provision; she looked to supply her own needs.

•             Much like the Israelites complaining in the desert (Exodus 16), we often get tired of the journey.

•             Ask God for provision and to help you understand His unique plan for your life.

•             God knows you better than you know yourself and has something special in store.

Goldilocks was impatient and did not trust God’s timing.

•             Galatians 6 reminds us that we will reap our harvest if we do not grow weary in well doing.

•             It is our faith that God will bless and honour. Faith is trusting Him and waiting on Him.

•             Ask Him for wisdom and trust His timing.

   Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” If you are feeling unfulfilled in life and you find yourself jealous of what God is doing for others, maybe it’s time that you ask God why your hope has been deferred. You should be certain that your goal and His goal for you are the same

The Three Little Pigs

As we continue the “Fables to Faith” series, I used The Three Little Pigs as an illustrated message this past Sunday. The first two pigs didn’t really take the wolf too seriously. They did not put in the proper effort required to ensure that their house was built properly.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-25, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”

As believers, we must be diligent about the house we are building for ourselves. I spoke largely about the story of Nehemiah. He worked to repair the walls of Jerusalem and he could not do that on his own. If the three pigs had worked together from the beginning, they would have had no problems. The book of Nehemiah, chapter one, verses two through four tell us that, upon hearing of the need in Jerusalem,  Nehemiah immediately prayed for wisdom. He then gathered people together to ensure the work was done safely (chapter three). They encountered opposition (4:7-9) but they didn’t let it stop them (4:20-23).

Three important things to remember are:

A safe structure keeps the wolf out. Stay in the Word of God and meditate on it often to keep your spiritual guard up against attack.

A safe structure provides protection for those within. As you keep that guard up, your faith will grow and your worry and fear should fade.

A safe structure encourages others to confide in you. This is how we can be the light on the hill. Our friends should think of us when they need someone to confide in.

The Tortoise and the Hare

This past Sunday I started a new series called “From Fables to Faith.” I used the story of the Tortoise and the Hare (one of Aesop’s fables). In this case, I used the hare to represent those who try to shortcut the process and live life on their own terms.
If we think of the life of Abraham and Sarah as a stand-in for the hare, we see how they tried to shortcut the process and ended up missing out. They had a promise from God to have a child and begin a new generation. Genesis 12-17 records the story and we see that they became impatient in waiting for God’s promise (which is understandable as ten years went by with nothing happening). They took matters into their own hands by having a baby with Sarah’s slave and that did not end very well. It is interesting that Abraham actually asked God to just fulfill his promise through their son Ishmael (instead of waiting for the promised child). God would not do that. Instead, He reinstated the promise and they waited another 15 years for the birth of Isaac.
Adversely, I encouraged everyone to think of the tortoise as a believer who is following God’s plan and trusting the process. Job is the proverbial tortoise. I love Job 23 where he seems to be complaining about how God is not present but closes with verse 17 where he says, “Yet, I am not silenced by this darkness.” It is a powerful statement as he is saying that he will trust in God to the end.
Next week, we will discuss the Three Little Pigs!

God, wake us up!

I have to tell you a story about a girl whom I have the pleasure of helping at work. She is regularly struggling with her health and is often in and out of the hospital. However, her faith always remains firm and she is very faithful to the Sunday services…until recently. I had not seen her in a few weeks (which is very rare). I had tried to get a hold of her and had even knocked on her door to no avail.

This past Sunday I encouraged the volunteers to pray with me and simply ask God to work on the hearts of our residents. The service starts at 2 pm, and we began praying at 1:45 (you will see the relevance if you keep reading). We literally asked God to “wake up any residents who are sleeping and call them in.”

Towards the end of our prayer time, the girl rolled up in her wheel chair to pray with us. She then said this: “It was the weirdest thing, I was asleep and woke up suddenly at 1:45! I started to think about how much church I have been missing and realized that I haven’t even read my Bible or prayed lately. I realized that I had to come to church.”

Friends, James 5 tells us that “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Ask God to wake you up today and recognize what He is calling you to do, for whom He is calling you to intercede, and where He wants you to go!