Tuesday night of this week, Beth and I attended the Metro Columbus Associational Pastors and Wives Christmas Dinner at Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City. There were about 70 or so pastors and wives that night and during the evening, our Director of Missions, Dr. Rich Halcomb, shared with us two things about the shepherds on that first Christmas night: 1) they were where they were supposed to be and 2) they heard the angels’ message and they did what they were told to do. (Luke 2)
If you think about it for a moment, they were in a field and they were watching the sheep they were told to watch. Period. Nothing fancy. No bright lights. Nothing that would be of attraction to a group of young men. Just watching sheep eat and sleep and making sure the wolves did not get into the flock and harm them. I wonder how many nights they had spent there? Doing the same thing over and over and over again. They didn’t call in sick, they didn’t skip out on work, they didn’t complain about their work conditions … they just did what they were told to do and they were where they were supposed to be. And because they were where they were supposed to be, they met the angels and heard the “Good News” before anyone else that night.
The angels gave them a message of great joy and told them what God wanted them to do. And as quickly as they appeared, the angels were gone and the shepherds were left staring into a dark sky.
Have you ever thought about where you are? Where are you with God? By that, I mean, do you know God in a personal way? Have you had a time in your life where you confessed that you were a sinner before God, accepted the fact that God’s Son, Jesus, died for the penalty of your sin, and that God offers freely, the gift of eternal life to all who will believe and accept Jesus as their Savior? Then, have you ever wondered why God has you where He has you?
Why do you work where you work? Why did you marry the person you married? Or … why is it that you are still single when you want so badly to be in a relationship or married? Maybe you hate your job and you have asked God to get you out of there, but for some reason, He hasn’t done it yet. Maybe you don’t like the marriage you are in and you wish God would do something about it. Or maybe there is something else in your life that you don’t like and you wish God would intervene and allow something else to take place so you could find another job, so your marriage would get better, so there would be more money at the end of the month rather than the other way around, so you would feel better about yourself, so your kids would study hard and get all “A’s” like Bill and Mary’s kids across the street from you, so you could afford to buy a new car or a new house, so you could find the “love of your life.” Or maybe there is another “so” that I haven’t discussed in this article and it is the desire of your heart.
I have a message of hope and good news for you today. God knows where you are. He knows what you are experiencing. He knows the outcome of your situation and your destiny has already been planned. God wants to bless you and He wants to see you profit and be in good health. I believe God wants what is best for you and I believe He is busy bringing it into being.
So, here’s my advice (or God’s Word) for you this week. Be where God wants you to be; be faithful doing what God wants you to do and God will bless you because of your faithfulness. Many times, we want a real quick blessing from God. Like yesterday. But I also know that God blesses us in His time and His time is always best. Proverbs 3:5-6 says it like this: “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understand. In all of your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your pathway straight.”
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.