Challenge

This week in ‘You are Invited’ we have been looking at the work and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I believe God is as active through His people today as He was in the days of Moses and Elijah; as He was in the days of Peter and Paul.

God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk through on dry land when Moses followed His command and held out his staff over the waters.  Elijah ordered the wood to be soaked and then called down fire from heaven and everything was consumed by the flames – everything!

Peter had a strange dream and then did what God commanded him to do and Gentiles turned to Christ.  No questions, just obedience.  Paul went to Jerusalem, in spite of all the warnings people gave him, and he was arrested and sent to Rome where he was imprisoned and where he wrote many of the letters that make up the New Testament ltoday.

Thinking about all these strange things God has asked people to do and the amazing things He accomplished through their obedience, I began to wonder about the things He asks me to do.  Sometimes I am brave and step out in faith and do the oddest things for Him.  It may be writing a letter I don’t understand, but I know I have to say the things I write.  It may be phoning someone I don’t know very well and asking them a question that means nothing to me, but touches them deeply.

It maybe going somewhere I do not usually go – out of my comfort zone – and doing an errand for Him.

Sometimes I say yes to Him.  I don’t always know why He asks me to do these things for Him, or what the result is.

Sometimes I say no.  I pretend I don’t hear.  I get busy doing other things.  Looking back, I wonder what did not happen because of my disobedience.  Who did God find to do the work I refused to do?  What effect did it have on the person who would have been blessed by Him through me?

One day I was prompted to phone an old friend on his birthday.  I was busy.  It was the day before we were going on holiday and I was packing for the family and doing all the stuff a mom has to do before going away.  I would make the call later – later – later.  But then it was bedtime and too late.  Oh well, never mind I’d phone when I returned from our holiday.  But when we returned my dear friend had died peacefully whilst I was away.  I was not even able to go to his funeral.  I never forgot that.  What happens when we don’t follow the promptings of God? Those insistent little thoughts that say ‘do it now’?

When I fetched the printed copies of my latest book Hope through Dark Valleys I began the 5 km drive home.  As I was driving, I heard God say to me, “You are going to pass four churches on the way home.  Call in on each of them and drop off a book.”

What?

Even as I questioned it the feeling grew stronger that this was what I had to do.  So I stepped out of my comfort zone and stopped off at each church.  I’m not good at promoting my own work or going into places I don’t know.

But people were interested and said they would have a look.  And some of them have looked and have ordered books for their people.  For God’s people. Over the weeks since then, God has brought to mind people and churches to whom He wants me to send copies of the book.  I wrote it at His request – now He is guiding me in my weakest point – the marketing.

What would have happened if I had dismissed that request on the drive home?  I would still have 195 of the 200 copies sitting in boxes in my car (family are always willing to support me).  As it is I have sold almost half the print run.  God said ‘Leave it to Me,’  when I prayed about marketing this book, and then showed me the first steps to take.  He has taught me once again to step out in faith.

I am in awe of His activity in my life in the 21st century.

What is He doing in your life today?  Can you hear Him say, ‘Bear testimony to the work I am asking you to do and respond to this question’?  Let us share God’s active role in our lives with each other by commenting on this question.

God bless you as you step out in faith for Him today and always.

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I do live in the city but make the most of the green spaces that surround me.
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