It happens regularly. I’m warm, cozy, relaxed and wrapped up in a soft blanket dreaming about being on the beach in Tahiti and suddenly, I’m jolted by an irritating blast that sends shockwaves throughout every cell of my body. Sweat beads pop out of my forehead, chills run up my spine, my toes curl and uncurl and my scalp gets all tingly. At that moment, I hate my alarm clock and it’s not my friend at all but it’s my enemy and I hate it. Morning after morning, the same thing happens when I’m in my best and deepest sleep and morning, when it’s in the process of waking me up, I think of the alarm clock as my enemy. Why do I keep it around? Well, once I’m awake, I realize what I would’ve missed if my alarm hadn’t gone off and without it, I would sleep the best part of the morning away. Without it, I would miss the opportunities to help people and I’d miss my earliest appointment and seeing my kids off to school. I’m very grateful for my alarm clock, that is once I’m awake.
God the Disturber. The same thing happens in our spiritual lives and we get into a place where we feel warm, comfortable, and cozy, maybe living a dream or fantasy, and suddenly, the whole thing collapses around our ears. A jolt comes in uninvited and shakes our whole world, then suddenly we find that we can’t stay where we are any longer and we get hurt, angry, mad, or depressed. We blame the devil. We wonder where God is and if He really loves us, we feel a rude shaking that shatters our plans, destroys our dreams and makes us go back to square one, starting all over again. What’s going on? It’s the invisible hand of God, waking us up and moving us forward. The same thing happened to the children of Israel and it’s found in Deut. 1:6, “The Lord our God spoke to us – saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain.” See, the children of Israel had left Egypt and were on their way to the Promised Land. They had stopped at Mount Horeb (also called Mount Sinai), where they received the 10 Commandments, the Tabernacle and instructions from Heaven for life on Earth.
It was a place of blessing. Day after day was filled with awe, wonder and worship. They would have been happy just to stay there forever. Who needs the Promised Land when you have this kind of blessing? God’s plan was to get them to the Promised Land, so, He broke into their situation, giving them orders to break camp, leave the mountain and head into the wilderness. He still works this way. About the time you get comfortable, He starts bringing changes, disturbances and He breaks in on us in unexpected and uninvited ways. He rocks our boat and He shake our tree then He rattles our cage. Without our permission. Those disturbances in your life aren’t mistakes. They’re not haphazard and they’re the result of the Unseen Hand of God. Like the Children of Israel, you’re moved by the command of God. When He sees that you’re living in your comfort zone, He knows its time for you to break camp, you’ll never get to the Land of Promise. He doesn’t have to ask your permission. He’s God.
He disturbs you when you need it and He never ask if it’s convenient for you or if you’d rather sleep a little longer. He disturbs you at the most awkward times. Why? Because He’s not working on Earth’s schedule, but on Heaven’s. Like the Israelites, you need to be sensitive to His leading and guiding and understanding that He’s working on the inside of you to conform you to the image of Jesus. God doesn’t disturb you just for the sake of disturbing. He doesn’t think it’s fun to get you upset. Not at all. But there wouldn’t be any progress or growth if you weren’t disturbed. So, every disturbance is a part of the divine plan of God. How eagles learn to fly. The Bible says that those who “wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” So, how do eagles learn to fly? Their mothers stir up the nest, disturb the place where the eagles are resting and then they throw their young over the edge of the cliff where the nest is and that’s how eagles learn to fly.
It happens at just the right time for the eaglets. Otherwise, they’d never fly, and soon they would either starve to death or be devoured by a predator and that’s why God’s breaking up your nest and you feel like you’ve thrown our of the nest. He’s teaching you how to mount up with wings, like an eagle and it’s the only way you’ll ever learn, isn’t it? The comforting part of all your disturbances and unasked for trials. First, you know that He said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” You know that “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord.” (Romans 8:28). You know that, since He never leaves you, then He’s with you. And “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). You’re not being disturbed by chance or circumstances. It’s the invisible power of God at work in your life and He cares more about what you’re becoming than He does about your comfort level right now. You might not know the reason for the disturbance, but you know the Disturber. You know He cannot fail and that He never makes mistakes. You CAN trust Him with your life. “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me.” (Psalm 23: 3-4). You’ve committed your life to His capable hands and the responsibility isn’t yours, but His. Now it’s a matter of hearing His voice and cooperating rather than digging in your heels and trying to go against His current. Some are still asleep when He’s trying to wake you up.
Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches, and ask Him to help you not to argue, complain, whine, but, obey and move into the place in life where pleasing and serving God’s your number one priority.
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