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Trust and Obey
Anonymous - Aug. 22, 2014
Devotional

Trust And Obey

Recently The Lord has been doing a little work on my heart; it's always a good place to be, definitely where I want to be, definitely a stretching place to be. We've been going through the book of Acts as a church, and it was a few weeks ago that my darling husband taught the first half of chapter 10, you should listen to it! Here's the link; http://www.paradisecalvary.com/acts-10-1-23-june-14/ .

I'm really relating to Peter when he was in Joppa up on that rooftop; After spending a long time in prayer he was hungry and he was then presented with a feast of wild animals from heaven which he refused on the grounds that he had never eaten anything unclean. It takes The Lord using a bit of repetition and finally speaking clearly to Peter to coax him into doing something that he was dead set against. Still I wonder how those first bites would have felt like; did it make the hair on his neck stand up? Did he wince? For all of Peter's life he had lived by a strict set of rules. When he heard those words from heaven, "What God has cleansed you must not call unclean", it was a complete shift in his thinking. In His divine grace God was opening up a new world, where the light of God's love was not only to the Jew, but also to the Gentile. Where the ceremonial laws that cleansed the Jewish people would be replaced by the redemptive blood of Jesus, allowing the nations to be cleansed as well.

So I'm sure that was a stretching place for Peter, one that he was later thankful for, but was uncomfortable and confusing at the time. So how does that relate to me? Well, for as long as I can remember public school has been unclean, for me the thought of putting my children into the public school system would put those hairs on my neck on end. I've heard what happens, I've read those articles about how they are making our sweet children into communists, how common core is a tool of the devil and many other chilling things that have been passed around Facebook. The Lord lowered the sheet of Public School onto the rooftop and it took more than three times for Him to convince me that this was what He was calling me to do.

I, like most mothers, have that instinct to protect and nurture my children; to want to plan and provide what I think is best for them. However, my husband and I have always tried our best to do that within the sphere of what God was calling our family to do. It took me a while to get over the shock of this new thing The Lord was putting on our hearts. It really comes down to whether I believe in the goodness of God's heart, in His ability to care for my children in a place that is out of my sphere of influence. I don't know what the Lord has in store for my kids in the public school I just enrolled them in, but I do believe with all of my heart that My Father has a plan for my children that will not only impact them, but will impact other children and give them the opportunity to see the light of God's love.

            Let's be obedient, even in the hard things and I'm sure we will see a blessing we never imagined!

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