Have you been frustrated lately?
Feel like you're spinning your wheels and getting nowhere? Like you had this great inspired idea to serve God, but everything you put your hand to lately comes to a screeching halt, or falls flat. Well, if you were inspired to do the will of God, most likely you're exactly where you need to be.
So don't stop working at it!
In fact, you should send up a prayer to God, buckle down and keep at it. Those frustrations you're dealing with are most likely telling you that you are in the middle of something great!
Believe me, I know exactly how you feel! Because just this morning, once again, I begged God to let me go or give me a sign. You see, for so long I've wanted to serve Him. But try after try, many of the things I work on don't seem to take off like I imagine. The dreams in my heart are bigger than the reality I experience. So why does He allow this passion to continue? Why did He make me a dreamer, if I can't have the "secret sauce" to make it work?
So this was where He led me.
I opened to the daily reading and began in the book of Ezra. Cyrus, the king of Persia was inspired to send exiles to Jerusalem to rebuild God's temple... and he didn't even worship God. But after they arrived and laid the foundation, they met up with some opposition.
When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to him since the time of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.”
But Zerubbabel, Joshua and the rest of the heads of the families of Israel answered, “You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, commanded us.”
Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Ezra 4:1-5 NIV
Just like you and me, all these Israelites wanted to do was build something for God. They weren't looking for trouble. They were minding their own business. But the enemy... our enemy satan, did not want the presence of God to return to the land. So he stirred up the hearts of men to oppose them.
And that's exactly what happens to us when we decide to 'build' something for God. Maybe it's a website. Maybe it's an act of service. Maybe it's an offering you have to give, or an inspired idea that you believe will encourage others. If it continues to burn a hole in your gut and you cannot imagine NOT doing it... then yes, it's most likely God inspiring you forward. And you, my friend, can expect frustration in the middle of your inspiration.
But I don't want to discourage you.
Because those enemies are never as great as our God. Nor are they a match for whatever He has inspired you to do. They are just a roadblock causing you to detour and find a new way.
Think of it this way, if you were driving somewhere important and just had to get there, no roadblock would keep you from your destination. You'd get out your GPS and find a new way around it. Well, do the same in this situation! Get out your Guided Prayer System and put it to good use!
Look! Here's a prayer of David we can use, already written out for us, straight from the book of Psalms:
Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide Your face from me
or I will be like those
who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me
word of Your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go,
for to You I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in You.
Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God;
may Your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:7-10 NIV
If we magnify our God more than our problem, He will lead us around the roadblock and guide us to our destination. Surely, if we do not give up, one day we will find our inspiration fulfilled to giving Him all the glory!
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