(A continuation of sorts on my previous post here )
What did all four men have in common?
Although they all could have, they had no say in the matter.
Each was called to a specific task. A terrible roadâ€¦one filled with rocks, boulders, thorns, and bristle.
Each one, in his own right, at one point, did not want to be on the road.
The road was easy for each of them at first, they had luxuries. A nice bed, nice clothes, the freedom to go this and whereâ€¦
But each one, later on down the road, soon found themselves imprisoned and shackled for their faith.
Except for Mosesâ€¦You canâ€™t, and donâ€™t you dare put a man who can divide the ocean simply by raising his hands in prison.
â€śHands Up Moses!â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re sure about that?â€ť
â€śHands Up Moses!â€ť
Iâ€™m convinced that many of us who are chosen, before even being called out by God, have a unique position in life. The road is simply not taking us where we want to go. Or if it is, it’s really not up to our expectations.
At first, like Moses, we arenâ€™t sure where we are going. Like David, it soon develops, and has itâ€™s time, in a very prosperous position. Like Jesus, we are in total control and authority. Like Paul, we end up a prisoner of our own destiny.
The upcoming holiday season will bring us the lore of â€śThe three wise menâ€ť. Although not directly named in the Bible, these were nothing but poor shepherds, notorious for being scavengers and thieves. There one worth? They followed a Star to find a baby in a manger.
Likewise, the parents of that baby, were called to a life thatâ€¦many of us would probably dare to dream of, but none of us would undertake willingly.
In all cases, itâ€™s simply a matter of trusting God to our full extent. Itâ€™s not a matter, and never has been, one of where we see a sign and we choose to follow that sign.
We have to follow that sign, we need to follow that sign.
If that sign says â€śStraight and Narrowâ€ť Then we take the straight and narrow.
If it says â€śWATCH FOR FALLING ROCKSâ€ť we do likewise.
If it says â€śDetourâ€ť Then we hit the gas and plow straight through..
I donâ€™t recommend doing that last one. It will probably hurt.
By now you probably see, and know, where I am going with this. Most of us will probably live a carefree life at first, I think Floyd wrote about this somewhereâ€¦ But life, as we are called, is not, nor never has been, meant to be easy. For some of us, cruizinâ€™ is fun at first, even a given, but soon we find ourselves trading in our motorbikes for a Ferrari for a 4 Wheeler.
(I know youâ€™ve always wanted a Four Wheeler like that đź™‚ )
When we choose Christ, even before He choose us, we were already shackled with the circumstances in this precious life. The sad thing is that many of us just donâ€™t understand the hardships we face. We ask â€śWhy me?â€ť The truth is that we shouldnâ€™t ask, but we should accept that things wonâ€™t go easy for usâ€¦
It’s different for many of usâ€¦we could face lifelong financial hardships, we could face a life long with disappointments, we could faceâ€¦lifelong relationship problems. Or we could face a multitude of problems.
But we will find that Star we follow, the Star that leads us, and has guided us throughout our lives, the one thing that has never changed position, or direction, is so worth it!