Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Thursday, December 21

2 Samuel 7 (NLT) 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

“Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” That’s a scary sentence. It’s as if God is saying, “I trust you to do what you believe is the right thing. Stop looking for a cloud formation or some other word from me to begin moving forward. I’ve planted the answer within your heart and trust you to be faithful to it. And if you do get off course I’ll make sure to let you know.”

So many times I’ve refused to move forward out of fear of failure. I want certainty of success before I take the first step. The last thing I want is to look foolish or a failure. I need a burning bush before I am convinced. And all the while, God shakes his head and wonders how much longer?

What are you waiting for? What decision have you been struggling with that seems to be dragging on and on? Let me suggest that perhaps you’ve not received the burning bush sign because God is saying “I trust you. Go ahead and begin moving forward and I’ll bless whichever direction you decide. And if you do get off course I’ll let you know.”

Yes, Advent is a season of waiting and watching. But Advent eventually ends and we must move forward. Remember, it is easier to guide a ship that is moving than one standing still. I believe that is equally true for you and me too.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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