Monday, May 12, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, May 12, 2014

God’s “Help Wanted” Sign

There are mixed feelings about the newly released unemployment rate in this country. Are we really better off or have people stopped looking for jobs? Are we so discouraged by the financial state of our nation that it is not worth it anymore to keep trying? Although, political commentaries argue about these concepts, the heavenly job market has not faltered.  God's kingdom is open for business and He is looking for a few good workers to carry out His mission (Luke 10:2).

The heavenly job market started with Adam in the Garden of Eden. He was given a job to do, but he was distracted and when God came looking for him, he was hiding (Genesis 3:8).

In the book of Ezekiel, God was lamenting the fact that His priests were not doing their job. They were hurting His people and then lying about His own words.  The people were unkind to each other and He looked for someone who would pray to Him for the people. However, He found no one to prevent destruction upon the land (Ezekiel 22:26-31).

Thank God for Isaiah who saw a vision of God, a voice cried, … “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

Today God is still looking for people to pray, to intercede for our nation and our world, to serve the poor, pray for the sick, to lay hands on the sick, and spread the gospel.  He is still looking for someone that He can depend upon to do His will in spite of challenges, ridicule, loneliness, or personal sacrifices. He is still employing workers for His harvest and the benefits are fantastic (Psalm 68:19, 103:2-5)!

Will you answer God’s "Help Wanted " sign today?

Please comment below and share how you decided to work for God.  You may help someone who is hearing God’s voice to work for Him.

Luke 10:2
New International Version (NIV)
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Ezekiel 22:26-31
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26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.
28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken.
29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.
30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.
31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.

Psalm 68:19 
19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

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