"Fellas, we've got confusion in here."
A statement made in frustration, by the President, on my favorite tv political drama (that thankful lives on thanks Netflix) as he sits at the head of the table in the situation room. Advisors from multiple agencies are commenting and discussing options and ramifications and because of a number of other factors surrounding the situation, the President quickly realizes he can't keep the conversation and the advice straight.
Not wanting to make a decision on unclear advice, he halts the room with the aforementioned declaration.
I thought about how quickly and often such situations arise in our lives; we desire clarity of purpose and extended sight lines of the path we travel... particular when it comes to matters of faith and what, where and who God would have us to embark.
Seeking the face of God, and first at that, should be priority one as we go about our lives.
Conversly... that process, that conversation... those spiritual moments and trials of our faith go smoother in the long run, if we can dismiss and disregard the voices and advice in our lives that cause tension, stress, restlessness and incredible levels of tiredness accopanied by a defeated perspective.
Even for pastors... it might not be the case that they are operating with a diminished sense of purpose and calling; but that so many external factors are calling for their attention, that it is causing delays in hearing from God.
Prolonged delays bring on the same affects as conflicting voices and advice in our life. The stress, restlessness and energy loss... confusion has a way of aging the body, mind, soul and spirit in incredibly quick fashion.
Burnout lurks around the corner.
Pray, this #seniorPastorMonday, that God would grant wisdom, not only in hearing the voice and will of God in their lives, but to know and understand who and what should be speaking into their lives and ministries. May God guard their hearts and minds as pastors stay focused on Him. Pray a release of tension, stress and restlessness and a spirit of refreshing and rejuvenation. May they be encouraged and strenghthened, anew and afresh....that was has them discouraged and frustrated would pass... and quickly. Pray today would be a defining moment; a dawning of a new day for their ministry.
Clarity... by the hand of God.
Clarity... by the dimssal of confusion.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear
But of love, joy and a sound mind.
For the glory of God and the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.