Embarassed by Comparison

I recently have engaged in some complaining. I have not liked the way God has acted in my life. I have ‘advised’ Him but to no avail.

A friend gave me a little poem years ago. I can’t find it but the message is powerful. It seems that someone complained to God that the cross God gave them to bear was too heavy. So God invited the person to go to the building where God stored a copy of the crosses that had been given to each person. He was allowed to swap his cross in for any in the building. In the building he saw big crosses, rugged crosses, rough crosses, hard crosses, and gigantic crosses. But over in the corner, he saw a nice shiny small cross. So he told God that he wanted to swap the one he had with the shiny small one. To his surprise, God told him that that was the cross he already had.

I complain. Then I hear of the Steven Curtis Chapman’s tragedy. I can’t imagine the pain that his family must feel right now. I will keep what I have been given in life to deal with.

I am sorry, God.

Carried Away

When I turned and saw my bride walk down the aisle in her beautiful white wedding dress, I was carried away.  When I saw the birth of my four children, I was carried away.   When I saw my first sunset on Bean Point on Anna Maria Island, I was carried away.

To be carried away means to be left speechless…to be in awe…to be dumbfounded…to struggle for words that will describe the situation.

When we take time to look at the Lord, we are carried away.  God is my security.  I went to church as a child at Macedonia Baptist Church in Oxford, Georgia.  The church had a scary cemetary right beside it.  As a boy of 5, I can remember being scarred one night at church. I looked up and I saw my dad walking to the car. My dad was a blue collar worker. His hands were strong, calloused and rough. I slipped my little hand in his and when he grasped my hand, I was not scarred anymore.  God has big, calloused, rough, strong hands and I am secure in his hands. I am carried away by the absolute security He gives me.

Remember when you were in school and you knew that you did something really wrong.  You also knew that the teacher knew what you did.  There was the pain of facing the teacher and then the note she wrote to your parents. There were those painful questions from your mom and dad, “What did you do? and Why did you do it?”  Your words came so hard…they almost choked in your throat, “I did…and I was wrong. Would you forgive me?” There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that what I did has been punished and now is forgiven.  WOW!  God knows what I did…I know what I did…and I agree with God and I ask His forgiveness.  He writes the note and folds it up and nails it to a wooden post…I have to look…I have to know what is in that note.  I slowly open it and it reads, “This sin is paid for in full and you are restored!”  My heart misses a beat…I collapse against the wooden post…I look up and it has a cross board and it is stained with blood.  I am carried away!

I love the Lord and He loves me…I am carried away by that.  I love God…why not…He has blessed me; He has forgiven me; He has given me grace; He has healed me; He has saved me. Oh, I know there have been times that I have been so mad at Him that I did not even want to speak to Him.  But it was only temporary…when I saw the full picture, I understood the delays.  I love God so much.  What I struggle with is why would He love me?  I am so inconsistent…so unfaithful…so sinful…why would He love me so.  And then I saw a verse that I could not fully comprehend. It is so spectacular and so amazing that it absolutely carried me away.  The Lord speaks in Song of Solomon 4:9, “You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace.”  God says that when I look at Him with just one look of submission, that His heart is ravished!  He looks at me…warts and all, and when I yield to Him, God is carried away!   I am carried away by that!  But that is not all of the story.  God is almighty and nothing overwhelms Him…except one thing. When you and I gaze on the Lord with loving eyes, He melts!  In Song of Solomon 6:5, the Lord says to you, “Turn your eyes away from me,  for they have overcome me.”  I am carried away with the very thought of that!

Words fail me…I can not tell you how great is our God!  I am carried away!

Please let us know how we can pray for you, as we desire to be your intercessory missionaries.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

Is there life after Moab?

Ok…you made a mistake.  You did not wait on God.  You charged right in.  You got tired of waiting on the  new job…of waiting on the money…of waiting for “Mr.  Right”…of waiting on a ‘sign from God’.  As soon as  you ‘inked’ the deal, you knew it was wrong.  You  married the wrong guy…you jumped ship from one company to  a new one, only to find the new boss is worse than the old  one…you entered into the partnership only to find out the  new partner has a horrible reputation.

Last week we talked about Lot’s desire to have a son to  carry on the family name.  His two daughters got tired  of waiting on God, so they each enticed their dad to get  drunk and each daughter got pregnant by their father.   They both had sons for Lot. One was Moab and one was  Ammon.  These two boys became heads of nations that  terrorized the nation of Israel for years and years!   This was the tragic consequences of not waiting on God.

Do we have a ‘Moab’ that we birthed by not waiting  on God?  Yep…a credit card debt that we incurred  seven years ago.  Because we did not wait for God  to provide for a need, every month we make a sizeable  payment to a credit card company,  a sizeable monthly  reminder of the dangers of not waiting on God.

Can I get God to waive a magic wand and reverse situations? No!
Once you have birthed a ‘Moab’ or a ‘Ammon’, you can’t  undue it.  Your Moab may be a debt you created when you  did not wait on God to provide.  Your Moab may be a  terrible job situation you jumped into because you got  tired of waiting on God to fix your former job.  Your  Moab may be a spouse that you  married because you were not  patient enough to wait for God to lead you to His  mate for you.

Can any good come from a ‘Moab’ situation? The  answer is yes.

Follow these instructions:

  • Confess the sin of not waiting on God
  • Ask God to forgive you
  • Ask God to give you grace to endure the ‘Moab’  situation
  • Trust the sovereignty of God that He can make all  things work together for good for those who are His  children
  • Thank God that you have a constant reminder of the  consequences of not waiting on God

God will not erase your Moab…but He can attach new  meaning to it and He can cause good to come out of the  situation.  In the lineage of Jesus from Abraham to Joseph, three women are included. One is Ruth. She was  a wonderful, honorable, virtuous woman.  She happened  to be the great grandmother of King David…and…she  happened to be a descendant of Moab!   Ruth 1:22  (KJV)  So Naomi  returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in  law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab:  and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley  harvest.  Matthew 1:5-6  (KJV)  And Salmon begat  Boaz of Rachab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat  Jesse; And Jesse begat David the  king;…      Romans 8:28 (NKJV)  And we  know that all things work together for good to those who  love God, to those who are the called according to His  purpose.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)  Wait on  the Lord: be of good courage, and  he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the  Lord. 

God bless you as you wait on God in  this new year.  We love yall.

Billy and Sheilah Daws
www.refocusministry.com

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