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Pastor's Pen September 2012

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Pastor's Pen September 2012

Posted by: Brian D. Prucey on Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Monthly pastor's newsletter article

Pastor’s Pen, September 2012

It’s been said that “the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”

You’ve probably heard that phrase or something like it in sermons over the years. Usually when we preachers say it we get enthusiastic “Amens!” from the room. However, consider this:

Noah was in the center of God’s will when people ridiculed him for building the ark.

Moses was in the center of God’s will when Pharaoh mocked him and the children of Israel rejected his leadership

Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were in the center of God’s will when their prophecies were rejected by Israel.

John the Baptist was in the center of God’s will when he was beheaded.

Jesus was in the center of God’s will when he was rejected, scourged and crucified.

Stephen was in the center of God’s will when he was stoned to death.

Paul was in the center of God’s will when he received “forty stripes save one,” beaten with rod, suffered shipwreck and beheaded by Caesar.

William Carey was in the center of God’s will when his wife Dorothy died while missionaries in India.

Adoniram Judson was in the center of God’s will when he was imprisoned for 17 months as a missionary to Berma.

Hudson Taylor was in the center of God’s will when his wife and five of his children died while missionaries to China

Here’s my point: You can be in the absolute center of God’s will and it will not guarantee you a life without pain, sorrow or distress. You can be relentlessly and faithfully obedient to God in every area of your life and still have people reject you, belittle you, criticize you and ignore you. We cannot judge the favor of God by the reactions of other people. While we should never be purposefully offensive, we should not be surprised when sinful people take offense at the message of the Gospel.

Author and Pastor David Miller put it this way: “When you turn over a rock and let the sun shine on the critters that live in darkness, they never thank you for the light. They burrow for more darkness.”

In times of distress, listen anew for the voice of the Lord saying, “Be still and know that I am God” ( Psalm 46:10).

The shepherd loves the sheep!

Pastor Brian

 

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