Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shepastor: “Speaking Those Things That Be Not As Though They Were”

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17 KJV

In, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston declared,

Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing, until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. They then act and do things accordingly.

Although the late Ms. Hurston suggested that for women, “the dream is truth – they act and do things accordingly,” I have observed that many, like men, stand on the banks of the proverbial waters and experience dreams being “mocked to death by Time.”

When our dreams die, God has another option that can rescue us from resignation. We can exchange our grief and disappointment for God’s vision for our lives. The same God that took nothing, made something and called it “good,” can take the “nothingness,” the emptiness, the pain, the sorrow, the grief, the disappointment, the dreams dead and or deferred and replace them with His vision for you.

God can take the “be nots” of our journey (even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were) and restore life. The chasm of grief and disappointment can be so broad and deep that believing God for a quickening feels impossible.

Push past perceived impossibilities and pursue God’s vision for you. God is able to “speak those things that be not as though they were” over your life. Resist the temptation to resign from faith, hope, dreams and aspirations. Walk into your new reality. Accept those things you cannot change, reclaim the courage to change the things that you can and ask God for the wisdom to know the difference. Swim with the tide of God’s flow for you. Soon, God’s dreams and vision for you will become the desire and fulfillment of your heart.

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Until next Wednesday
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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