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31 May 2013
GOD-TRACKING IS BEING WILLING TO BEND TO GOD TESTING
The young pastor lifted his eyes from the hard concrete of the train station platform and looked again into the moistened eyes of the woman he called his wife. They were still deeply in love but they both knew it was over. Six years ago he'd left his wife and children and a flourishing Christian work to marry this woman, but in that time he had come to realise that, though strong, their love was wrong. These years had been extremely trying. There was no longer any blessing on his work and everything that could go wrong, had gone wrong. Initially he thought he could bend the scriptures to qualify his sin but to no avail. God's Word stood strong. After much heartache and strife they had both come to realise that the only way to walk in God's will again was to repent of their tainted love. Yet, the young pastor knew that, although he had sinned and done wrong, God was using his folly to train him in the school of life - all who God calls, God tests. This young man had endured 6 years of wilderness training and was now ready and stronger to return to the call of his Lord, with repentance. They said good bye as he boarded the train with a sad yet contrite heart.
Dear God-tracker, the scriptures are packed with scenarios like the one you have just read: Moses had the potential of becoming an ambassador for God's people in Egypt but he killed an Egyptian and fled to the desert of Midian. It was here that he had his burning bush call to become the greatest prophet/leader Israel has ever known. King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and endured heartache until he came to repentance, after which he was called the apple of God's eye. Bold Simon Peter who had acknowledged Jesus as the Christ and had pledged his undying elegance to his Lord had turned timid after Jesus was arrested and flatly denied him three times. Yet after Peter's repentance Jesus reinstated him as primary leader of the first Church, ever.
If you feel as though you are going through a desert experience because of a bad choice or because you have sinned then rest assured God is testing you. Taking the examples above, repent and recommit yourself to tracking God's purposes. Sometimes, as only God knows how, God himself will burn off the deceit, immoral ambitions or foolish behaviour of the ones he calls for his ends. So believe me when I say, those God calls, God tests, because a contrite heart he seeks.
God-tracking is being willing to bend to God testing.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
It's all in the Book. Read more:
2 Samuel 11 12:23
Exodus 2 3
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Verse of the Week
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
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"I am convinced that, many times, the one thing that prolongs our trials is our refusal to give thanks with a grateful and contrite heart." --- Bonnie Ricks
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
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LIKE MOSES, DAVID AND PETER I TURN MY BACK ON MY FOLLY AND RECOMMIT MYSELF TO FOLLOWING YOUR CALL
"O Lord I really desire to be a God-tracker but tracking your plans and purposes for my life involves my responding to your call. I see now that those you call to serve you, you test. Often that testing involves you refining me of my selfish ambitions. So I want to take this time to admit that I have made many mistakes and even sinned by following my own ambitions and not your calling. I humble myself and repent of all my sin and bad choices. O Lord, forgive me for taking my eyes off the purity of your purposes to pursue my own desires. Like Moses, David and Peter I turn my back on my folly and recommit myself to following your call. You are my Lord and I love you. Amen."
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Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Resident in the UK, he currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also senior leader and pastor of a church in the British West Midlands called, Cornerstone Family Church and a radio broadcaster.
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