Step Towards Transformation
There are times in life where we feel like we’re going in circles, doing the right thing but not making much progress, we don’t see anything changing. It’s easy to lose our passion, and get discouraged. But one test that we all have to pass is being faithful when nothing new is happening.
It’s easy to be our best when we’re getting good breaks, things are falling into place; that doesn’t take much faith. What about when
Will You Trust Him When It Feels Like You’re Going In Circles?,
Will You Stay Passionate When You’re Doing The Same Thing Again And Again?
When you’re faithful in the routine, something is happening that you can’t see;
The routineness of life is not exciting, but it is necessary; you won’t become all that you were created to be without
You could see it as boring and say, “when is this going to change?”, but you have to understand this principle; you’re being prepared.
When God Can Trust You To Be Faithful In The Ordinary, Then He’ll Take You Into The Extraordinary; When You’re Faithful In Average Days, Then You’ll See Exceptional Days.
But sometimes, we’re frustrated, because we know that we have more in us, but we’re not seeing it happen; we don’t understand why we’re not making progress. God will always put bigger things in your spirit before they come to pass;
You May Be Dealing With Something Ordinary, But God Is Preparing You For Something Great.
Illustration: When you look at your own life, most days don’t feel like that, do they? We have routines, jobs, and tasks that are not adventurous, grand, or noble. Sometimes we feel that we are chasing donkeys when actually God is leading us. That is exactly what happened with the man who would become the first king of Israel, Saul.
I Samuel 9:20 And As For Thine Asses That Were Lost Three Days Ago, Set Not Thy Mind On Them; For They Are Found. And On Whom Is All The Desire Of Israel? Is It Not On Thee, And On All Thy Father’s House?
Saul’s dad lost some donkeys. So, he sent out his son, Saul, to chase after these donkeys. What Saul could not and did not know is that he wasn’t actually chasing donkeys; he was following God’s leading. God had intended for Saul to meet the prophet Samuel and for Samuel to anoint Saul. In fact, when Saul met Samuel, he was only hoping that the prophet could help him find his father’s stray donkeys. The reality was that God had told Samuel that he was sending to him a man whom he wanted Samuel to anoint king of Israel.
God’s perspective was very different from Saul’s perspective. Saul thought he was chasing when God knew that he was leading. It is worthy of noting that Saul was obedient to his father, and he was faithful in his immediate task, going after his dad’s animals.
Now i don’t know what you may feel like you are chasing today, but be faithful to the authorities and to the immediate tasks that God has placed in your life. God wants us to be faithful today, and when we are faithful today, it leads us to God’s grand design for the future.
Illustration: David was anointed to be the king as a young man, then God sent him back to the shepherds’ fields; he had a king’s anointing, yet he was taking care of sheep. Your anointing will supersede where you are right now. God called David to rule a nation, yet he was doing a menial task, day in and day out, boring, routine, nothing exciting. He could’ve gotten discouraged; “God, why isn’t it happening? You said I’d be the king.” But If he had not passed this test of being faithful in the routine, he would’ve never taken the throne.
Like David, you may know that you have more in you, you can feel those seeds of greatness, but you’re doing something menial, beneath your training, you’re being overlooked at work, nobody takes your advice, at home, nobody says thank you; be faithful where God has you now, in the routine.
This is where David excelled; out in the shepherds’ fields, he didn’t slack off, show up late, have a sour attitude, thinking, “when i get to where I’m going, then I’ll give it my all, when i take the throne, then I’ll show people what I’m made of.” No,
That’s what led to the throne, all those ordinary days of being his best.
Are you being excellent where God has you now? “this isn’t where i want to be; i want a better job, and to own my own house.”
Here’s the key; you’ll never make it there if you’re not faithful where you are. You won’t see promotion if you’re not being your best where God has you right now.
Illustration contd: 13 years later, after being faithful in the shepherds’ fields, going through all kinds of unfair situations, David suddenly took the throne. Passing the test in ordinary days is what leads to exceptional days; that’s when you’ll see moments of favour, where God thrusts you years ahead.
It’s not the big things that hold most people back, it’s the small things:
Being faithful in the routine is what prepares you for promotion. You may feel like you’re going in circles, not making much progress, but the right attitude is, “ I’may not like where i am, but God, since you have me here, i know that this is where I’m supposed to be, so I’m going to keep being my best, giving, serving, helping others, right where i am.”
We read about the great heroes of faith in the bible, and their lives seem very exciting, but most of the time, their lives were routine.
Illustration; Yes, Moses parted the Red Sea. He told the pharaoh, “let my people go”. Those were great miracles but that was just a few days of his life.
There will be more ordinary days than there are exciting days; if you live from big event to big event, waiting for something exciting to keep you encouraged, you’ll be disappointed. Learn to enjoy where God has you right now; it may feel like you’re no closer to your dreams than you were years ago, but when you do the ordinary with a good attitude, that’s getting you prepared for the new things that God has in store.
Sometimes, the reason that God is not changing the circumstances is that he’s using the circumstances to change us. If you’ll start passing these tests, being patient when it’s taking longer than we’d like, staying in faith when we’re not getting our way, having a smile even when we’re uncomfortable, then we’re growing, developing, showing God that we trust him. Like with David, that’s when you’ll not just be anointed for the throne, you’ll take your throne.
Illustration: Jeremiah 18:6 (ERV)..6 You Are Like The Clay In The Potters Hands, And I Am The Potter.” This Message Is From The Lord.
The potter takes a lump of clay and puts it on the wheel it spins it around again and again. The clay could say, “I’don’t like going in circles; I don’t like spinning around. This is boring. I want to do something exciting. Let me off this wheel so i can make progress.”
What the clay doesn’t realize is that it is making progress; while it’s going in circles, the potter is forming it and shaping it. it feels routine to the clay. it feels like it’s stuck but while it’s going in circles the clay is coming up higher. it can’t see it at the time but it’s rising up from a lump of clay into a beautiful vase. if you asked the clay after it was formed, after it went through the process, it would tell you the spinning was for my good. I didn’t like it at the time. I couldn’t see anything happening but I wouldn’t be Who I am without the spinning.
You may feel like you’re spinning today, doing the same thing over and over, not making much progress, but God is making and moulding you. When you’re faithful where you are, keep doing the right thing even though you’re not making progress, you have a song of praise when you could be complaining, you are rising higher.
Illustration: When Joshua was leading the Israelites toward the Promised Land, they came to the city of Jericho which had a huge wall around it 15 feet thick 35 feet tall
Joshua 6:1 (NIV)…6 Now The Gates Of Jericho Were Securely Barred Because Of The Israelites. No One Went Out And No One Came In.
In the natural, there was no way that the Israelites could get past that wall and make it to the promised land. Joshua prayed and asked God what they should do. God told him to have the Israelites march around the walls of Jericho.
Joshua 6:2-3 (NIV)..2 Then The Lord Said To Joshua, “See, I Have Delivered Jericho Into Your Hands, Along With Its King And Its Fighting Men. 3 March Around The City Once With All The Armed Men. Do This For Six Days.
I’m sure Joshua thought “God we need to get into the city. We need to take Jericho and you want us to march around the city. You want us to go in circles.
They marched around the first day. Nothing happened. Second day nothing. Third day nothing. The whole time the people thought “this doesn’t make sense”. We’re wasting our time. Six days they walked around in circles. Ordinary routine. Didn’t see anything changing.
On the seventh day, God told them to march around seven times. The last time they were to let out a great shout and blow their trumpets.
Joshua 6:15-20 (NIV)…15 On The Seventh Day, They Got Up At Daybreak And… Circled The City Seven Times. 16 The Seventh Time Around, When The Priests Sounded The Trumpet Blast, Joshua Commanded The Army, “Shout! For The Lord Has Given You The City!… The Wall Collapsed; So Everyone Charged Straight In, And They Took The City.
When they did what the lord had said, the huge walls came tumbling down. A great miracle but even though the walls fell the Israelites should have had trouble getting past the rubble and all the debris. The walls were so big but researchers have found that the walls fell in such a way that they created a perfect ramp. Some fell on the inside some on the outside- like an overpass. The Israelites were able to go in and take the city.
When you’re faithful in the routine, God will make things happen that you couldn’t make happen. You may have been doing the right thing for a long time, you feel like you’re being left out, falling behind, but God is closely watching you; your time is coming. It’s going to happen suddenly, unexpectedly; God has explosive blessings. No obstacle is too big, no wall is too high, no enemy is too powerful; one touch of God’s favour can shoot you years ahead.
Psalm 18:29 (AMPC)….29 For By You I Can Run Through A Troop, And By My God I Can Leap Over A Wall.
God will get you to where you’re supposed to be.
But why did God have them walk around in circles seven days, do the same thing over and over. That seemed like a waste of time and Didn’t make sense. He’s God. He could have crushed the walls down the first time Joshua asked.
But Marching around that city was a test; God wanted to see if they would be faithful in the routine, trust him when they were going in circles. You’re not always going to understand why something isn’t changing; don’t get caught up in the ‘whys’, it is simply a test. Keep being faithful where you are, and those walls will come down.
When they were marching around the city, God told them not to say a word. They couldn’t talk or whisper to each other. They couldn’t discuss the situation
Joshua 6:10 (NIV)..10 But Joshua Had Commanded The Army, “Do Not Give A War Cry, Do Not Raise Your Voices, Do Not Say A Word Until The Day I Tell You To Shout.
God knew that if he didn’t keep them quiet, they would’ve talked themselves out of it; “why are we walking around in circles? Joshua has lost his mind.” If they would’ve gone around the walls with a negative attitude, even though they were doing the right thing, it would not have happened.
When you feel like you’re going in circles, not making much progress, don’t start talking about how it’s never going to happen; do yourself a favour, and zip it up.
You can do the right thing with the wrong attitude and miss the blessing. When you go around the wall with a good attitude, that’s passing the test. Like with the Israelites, that obstacle that should’ve stopped you will suddenly come down.
The scripture says, Psalm 110:1 (NIV)..1 … “Sit At My Right Hand Until I Make Your Enemies A Footstool For Your Feet.”
They will become a stepping stone for you to rise to the next level.
Note: On the surface, it looked like it was the shout that brought the walls down, but the shout without the obedience of walking around the walls would not have had the same effect.
Illustration: A boy went to America from India when he was 20 years old to attend Bible College. This man was very poor in India but a couple from California paid his tuition fees and paid his way over to America. This was a dream come true. He couldn’t believe he was in the United States and things were going great well.
Things were going great until this man that supported him lost his job. Now this young man had no income. No way to stay in school. No money to get back home. He started going through the neighbourhood asking if he could mow their lawns. Nobody would hire him. He walked up to the local grocery store and found that every night they put food in the dustbin and eventually he talked to the owner of the store. He asked him if he had ever heard about the starving kids in India. The owner said yes with a puzzled look. He said i’m one of those starving kids.
The owner started leaving food at the back door each night for one year. That’s how he survived. A position opened up at college as a night-watchman. He would work at night. The school in return would give him his room and food allowance.
He once told his friend how he was at such a disadvantage that he thought that with his lot in life. He didn’t think he could ever rise any higher. But year after year he just kept being faithful even though he wasn’t getting good breaks. He met a young lady in school. They fell in love.The problem was, this bible school didn’t approve of an Indian dating someone from America. This was way back in the 70s. Of course it’s changed now. But he ended up having to leave the school. Two years later he married the young lady. They became youth pastors in another state. Ten years after that the president of that bible college resigned. The board called him and asked if he would become the next president. He went from having to get food out of waste, to cleaning restrooms, to being forced out of the school, to be an in charge of the whole college.
Friends God is a God of justice. He’ll make your wrong right. But at one time it looked like he was going in circles. Seemed like nothing was happening. But God had a plan. The spinning wasn’t comfortable. It wasn’t always fair but it was working for him. God was getting him prepared to go places that he never dreamed.
But it was all based on him being faithful in the routine, doing the right thing when he didn’t understand it and Keeping a good attitude when people were treating him wrong.
You may have gone through some disappointments and had situations that you feel like puts you at a disadvantage but no person can keep you from your destiny. No bad break can stop what God has ordained for you.
Don’t get discouraged, don’t try to pay people back; the disappointments, bad breaks, betrayals, are all a part of God’s plan. God uses things that we don’t like, that we don’t understand, to push us into our purpose. Sometimes, it feels like things are spinning out of control; the truth is, they are spinning in control. God is directing your steps, closing doors, moving the wrong people out. He controls the universe. He won’t allow the spinning unless ultimately it’s going to work to your advantage.
The challenge is to trust him while you’re spinning, when you don’t understand it.
Illustration: When Moses was born, pharaoh had put out a decree that all the male babies were to be killed; Moses’ mother hid him for 3 months. She didn’t take him outside. They didn’t go for a walk. Nobody knew he was here. He wasn’t celebrated. He wasn’t noticed. They didn’t have a birthday party. He was hidden.
Like with Moses, sometimes God will hide you; you’ll go through a season where you’re not being noticed, celebrated. You have all these gifts, so much to offer, but you’re being overlooked, ignored. These times when God hides us are times of testing, proving; are you going to keep being your best, even though you’re being overlooked?
If you’re not faithful when you’re hidden, how can God trust you to be faithful when you’re out in the open?
The scripture says in Exodus 2:3-10 (CEV)..3 But When She Could No Longer Keep Him Hidden, She Made A Basket Out Of Reeds And Covered It With Tar. She Put Him In The Basket And Placed It In The Tall Grass Along The Edge Of The Nile River… 5 About That Time One Of The King’s Daughters Came Down To Take A Bath In The River… 10 And When He Was Old Enough… The King’s Daughter, Who Adopted Him.
Moses went from being hidden to being noticed by one of the most influential families of that day.
When you pass the test of being faithful in the routine, there will come a time when God will say, “you can be hidden no longer.” He will cause the right people to see you, celebrate you; you’ll not only be noticed, you’ll be celebrated.
You may feel like you’ve been hidden, overlooked, ignored; stay encouraged, God is about to bring you out. His face is going to shine down on you in a new way. You’re not going to have to make it happen; the right people are going to find you, doors are going to open that you couldn’t open, promotion is going to track you down.
Illustration : John 2:1-7 (NIV)…2 On The Third Day A Wedding Took Place At Cana In Galilee. Jesus’ Mother Was There, 2 And Jesus And His Disciples Had Also Been Invited To The Wedding. 3 When The Wine Was Gone, Jesus’ Mother Said To Him, “They Have No More Wine.”… 6 Nearby Stood Six Stone Water Jars, The Kind Used By The Jews For Ceremonial Washing, Each Holding From Twenty To Thirty Gallons. 7 Jesus Said To The Servants, “Fill The Jars With Water”
Note: Each jar was about 100 ltrs capacity . Which means 6 jars would take 600 litres; if the workers took a 10 litre bucket to the well, that would take as much as 60 trips to get all that water.
I can imagine the workers thinking, “why are we doing this? We need wine, why are we carrying water?” They could’ve talked themselves out of it; instead, they kept doing the ordinary, carrying the water, pumping the water, filling up the jars again and again. Trip after trip, faithful in the routine. It was water when they pumped it out of the well and water when they poured it into the jars
It would’ve been easy to have stayed in faith if, when they drew the water out of the well, it immediately turned into wine, but nothing was changing. When God can trust you to be faithful getting water, when everything looks ordinary, then he will take you into the extraordinary. You may be believing for wine, but all you’re seeing is water; be faithful in your water days.
Bro Melwyn, I’m just doing the ordinary, going to work, being my best, raising my children, honoring God but I’m not seeing any progress. Don’t be discouraged by what you don’t see; you are in your water days, wine is coming. It’s going to happen suddenly; it’s going to be unexpected.
John 2:9-10 (NIV)..9 And The Master Of The Banquet Tasted The Water That Had Been Turned Into Wine. He Did Not Realize Where It Had Come From, Though The Servants Who Had Drawn The Water Knew. Then He Called The Bridegroom Aside 10 And Said, “Everyone Brings Out The Choice Wine First And Then The Cheaper Wine After The Guests Have Had Too Much To Drink; But You Have Saved The Best Till Now.”
After they had filled up the jars, after they had been faithful in their water days, Jesus told them to draw some out and take it to the host of the party. When they did, it not only turned into wine but when the host tasted it he said, “you have saved the best wine for last”.
When you pass this test of being faithful in the routine, God has saved the best for last; what’s in your future is going to be more rewarding, exciting, then anything you’ve imagined.
Many of you have passed this test. You’ve been doing the right thing when the wrong thing was happening. Giving, serving.
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