Our church is facing it’s biggest logistical and financial decision since we formed the church 7 years ago. We have identified a building that we believe will enable us to enhance our stated ministry goal of making disciples who make much of Jesus in all nations. In order to purchase this building, our church will be required to walk by faith in dependence upon the Lord to affirm and provide.
My faith is truly challenged in this moment with these questions: (1) Will this building be a good or challenging step for our church? (2) Will our general budget giving be impacted by funds diverted towards the purchase of a new building? (3) Will we be unified in this step forward or will the enemy take the opportunity to sow disunity or divert us from our true calling as a church?
Once again, Proverbs 3:5-6 provides the appropriate response and path in which to walk: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Our response to this challenge is to trust in the Lord, don’t lean on our own understanding, and to acknowledge Him.
In our sermon series we are “with” the Israelites in the wilderness as they are on the way to the promised land. The Lord graciously is leading them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Wouldn’t it be crazy for the Israelites to not follow the Lord and go their own way? Their following of the Lord requires faith and trust in the Lord.
My anxious heart experiences less anxiety when I am walking in the good paths of the Lord. As a church, we don’t know what the future holds relating to owning our own building. So keep praying that we will humble ourselves enough to not walk in our own limited knowledge but to keep following God knowing that His paths will be much straighter than the ones we create.
Grant us faith Lord,