I can hardly believe that we are already a week into May! The entire month of April felt like a series of stress tests to see what would finally break my spirit. The difficult transition to a new meeting space, overlaid with the busy Easter season, contract writing, wedding planning, Men’s Development Program, and other irons in the fire left me feeling raw and ragged. Why didn’t anyone tell me ministry was this hard?!
You know… other than the New Testament authors, who make it quite clear that ministry will require more from you than you think. Luckily, scripture also makes it clear that ministry will provide you with more than it takes from you, even if it doesn’t feel that way all the time.
Jesus taught fairly extensively about trusting God’s provision and finding rest in Him alone. Rather than take time going into nitty gritty details about everything that’s been going on, I thought it might be good to remind you of words spoken by the Lord of Lords Himself, Jesus Christ.
31 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Later, in Matthew 11:27-30 it’s recorded that Jesus said:
27 “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
And again the idea of Jesus’ sufficiency is taught in John 4:13-14
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
and John 6:35
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
And in Revelation 21:6-7, God assures us:
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
And that’s not even to mention all the references to rest, contentment, and trust from the writings of the Apostles!
“do not be anxious for anything” Is a command from Paul.
“Humble yourselves… casting all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you” are words of Peter.
“Consider it all joy… when you encounter various trials, knowing the testing of your faith produces endurance” wrote James.
And so, at the end of this difficult season, and the beginning of a season that is sure to be difficult in it’s own way as well, I choose to remain confident in the goodness of God, and ready to walk with Him through any tribulation.