Archive for October, 2012

Hitting the Wall

I think most of us have been there at some point in our lives.  We have been going and going and then out of nowhere we seem to hit a wall and come to a dead stop.  The interesting thing is that it might surprise us when we hit the wall; the warning signs were there along the road to warn us that “A WALL IS APPROACHING”!

We don’t just suddenly stop serving God; it is the proverbial “slow fade”.  We drift away, until there is no place to drift to.  The wall prevents us from going any further.  The wall says “you have gone far enough”.  Maybe it is time to thank God for the wall.  While God does not intend for us to stay at the wall, thank God, He places a wall there.  You don’t just stop coming to church, you ease yourself from getting up and attending.  You don’t just stop praying; you drift away from talking to God (except in an emergency).  You don’t just stop reading your Bible; you read less and less daily and soon you don’t even pick it up.

So whose fault is this when we “hit the wall”?  The pastor, the deacons, your Sunday School teacher, the choir director, the ushers?  No it is none of them, while you may blame them, they are not the reason you (or I) hit the wall.  “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.”  James 1:13-16.  The fault lies with the one we see in the mirror every time we stand before it and look into it.  Oh we love to play the blame game, but the truth of the matter is we know truth.

Yes I have hit the wall a few times in my life and ministry and I tried to blame others for it, but God pointed His finger at me just as Nathan did to David and said “thou art the man”.  As I did a self examination on myself, I found the exact point that I began my “slow fade”; my “drift away” and I could also back and see all the warning signs that “A WALL IS APPROACHING”.

So let me encourage and challenge you to move off the Jonah self pity hill and return to God and allow Him to be Lord of your life.  Stop blaming others, stop staying at the wall.  Allow God to blow a fresh breath upon you and return to the place God placed you at to serve Him for the good and glory of His kingdom.  You have a choice, stay at the wall and blame others, or repent and return and enjoy the goodness and blessings of our wonderful heavenly Father.  What will you choose?