Yes, I need to come up with better titles for my posts…and I need to get my logo in my header…and my comments actually connected to my posts…and my homepage “about” little blurb and picture put into place… Waiting, waiting, and more waiting. Sigh.
But guess what?! Help is on the way! We were away for a couple of days this week and I was able to talk to someone who does web designing. I’m scheduled to drive down to her house the end of this month and she’s going to help get these things resolved! Woo Hoo! :o) I actually tried again today to look at some tutorials and figure some of it out on my own, but the whole “coding” things scares the living daylights out of me, so I just closed it all down and decided to wait until I meet with Candace.
I shouldn’t have expected everything to just fall into place overnight…but I think I did, or I wouldn’t find myself so frustrated sometimes.
Have you ever tried to do something…something you were convinced you were suppose to do…something you prayed about and had peace the Lord wanted you to do it…only to run into obstacle after obstacle? Then you question yourself and wonder if you missed it altogether.
A friend told me once (and I’ve heard others quote it through the years), that I shouldn’t doubt in the dark what God made clear to me in the light. And as you’ve probably guessed, she told me that…because I was doubting. gasp!
In my little notebook (that I talked about here), I have a little pamphlet taped on a page that I like to read now and then; its a good reminder for me when I’m “doubting in the dark.”
Keep at Your Work
The Lord has given to every man his work. It is his business to do it, and the devil’s business to hinder him, if he can. So sure as God has given you a work to do, Satan will try to hinder you. He may present other things more promising. He may allure you by worldly prospects, he may assault you with slander, torment you with false accusations, set you to work defending your character, employ pious persons to lie about you, editors to assail you, and excellent men to slander you. You may have Pilate and Herod, Ananias and Caiaphas all combined against you, and Judas standing by you, ready to sell you for thirty pieces of silver; and you may wonder why all those things come upon you. Can you not see that the whole thing is brought about through the craft of the devil? To draw you off from your work and hinder your obedience to God?
Keep about your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil’s dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits. Do your work. Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let corporations resolve, let editors publish, let the devil do his worst; but see to it that nothing hinders you from fulfilling the work that God has given you.
He has not sent you to make money. He has not commanded you to get rich. He has never bidden you defend your character. He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood which Satan and his servants may start to peddle. If you do those things you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.
Keep at your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. Let the world brawl and bubble. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded, and rejected; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, and despised and rejected of men, but see to it with stedfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being, until at last you can say, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”
Hard times come, but keep at your work. Giants come…devastating, earth shattering things…to stand in our way, to try and stop us. “It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none.”
Keep at your work. With all the opposition and giants that try to hinder and distract – keep at your work. It will most likely take a real conscience effort on our part, especially when we’re in such a habit of becoming distracted and debilitated by our circumstances. It won’t be easy. Fighting the enemy never is. But keep at your work.
Regardless of how you feel, keep at your work. “Cease to consider how you feel, and build on the immovable rock of what Jesus is and has done and is doing and will do for you, world without end.” (F.B. Meyer). On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!
Even when things don’t make sense, keep at your work. “It is probably when our sorrows and sufferings seem to have no reason or meaning that we sink into the pit of overwhelming despair. It is during these difficult times that we must trust, even times when we must discipline ourselves to believe – when we seemingly cannot believe.” (Randy Pike)
My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my heart, I’m glad I know
He maketh no mistake.
Let’s make this year a year of keeping at our work. Putting our hand to God’s plow and not looking back. One foot in front of the other, going on for Him. And when we stand before the Lord in eternity, may we hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”