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PRACTICALITIES FOR PONDERINGS

 

Paul Schneidmill

 

A most excellent friend of mine recently shared with me the ponderings of his heart.  It’s really wonderful when friends share a relationship that has developed into one with such a sincere and solid respect and trust level, that it allows them to share amongst each other their inward, heartfelt ponderings.       

 

He shared with me some desires of his heart that he’d been seeking guidance on for quite some time.

 

These desires were in my estimation, honorable desires…they contained no aspects of deviousness, they are not self-serving, and they are highly positive, and God-honoring.  On top of that, he’s been gifted to go forward with them (that’s how I view the situation).  

 

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4 – NASB).

 

He related to me that he’d been getting some strong urges to move in the direction of his desires, but unsure how to explain the full meaning of the urges; and he wants to be sure the urges aren’t of his own design (selfish desire).   

 

I clearly recall on the date of August 30, 1987, wanting to be certain that God was “calling” (assigning) me to His Gospel preaching and teaching ministry; and not I “calling” myself to it.  I wanted to be certain of the distinction, as well as be sure I was hearing and answering what I believed was my “calling,” for the right reasons.  After all, it was definitely something I wanted to do. 

 

On the morning of the next day, I was given and received, irrefutable verification that it wasn’t me.

 

I would like to tell my friend to pursue wholeheartedly his specific desires concerning his gifted abilities, but I could only tell him that in a manner of encouragement; not in an “If I were you…” manner.  He once told me that people who say, “If I were you…,” probably wouldn’t if they were you.

 

No, my dear readers, this thing my friend is pondering, is a “directional” issue.  Therefore, I would have to advise him to entrust and express his recognition of these urges for direction, to the One who gave me my calling.

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6 – NLT)

 

Additionally, I’d want my friend to know that if he would diligently look for and strive to operate in the reign and rule of God, first and foremost; his request for clarity and direction regarding his urges would be a by-product of the blessings God has already given him.

 

But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33 – ESV).  But more than anything else, put God’s (Kingdom) work first and do what He wants.  Then the other things will be yours as well.  (Matthew 6:33 – CEV, parenthesis - mine)

 

In Psalm 25, the author, King David, is asking God for guidance.  His manner is reminiscent of my friend.  In verses 4 and 5, he prays, “Show me thy way, O Lord; teach me thy paths.  Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”  He proclaims thusly in verses 9 and 10, “The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way.  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and testimonies.”  Near the conclusion of his prayer, he says in verse 21, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. (KJV – all) 

 

If you are pondering something or some things with some uncertainty regarding direction, motivation, and purpose, etc.; human counsel can be helpful, but the counsel of God is and always will be unmistakably correct for any and all of our circumstances, questions, and situations.

 

For my friend’s ponderings, I’ll extend to him my lengthy paraphrase of Proverbs 4:26, “Appraise and weigh the route of your purposeful steps and allow all your actions, endeavors, and intentions to be directed and organized exclusively by God.”

 

The Bible says that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

It is my belief that the leaves blooming on the trees of this particular Spring “season” of 2005 (and beyond), are waving my friend on via the gentle breeze of God.                

 

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