A Bad Case of the Mondays

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Jeff

I was feeling a pretty down Sunday night.  I wasn’t sure why, but I had a growing discontent towards this season of life the Kerrs are in.  Part of it was that I was just crabby.  But truth be told, I was a bit miffed at the pace that God was unveiling his ‘next steps’ for us.

As a result, I’d been sitting still for a while, not literally sitting still, although I tend to do quite a bit of that, (its in my genes) but I’d stopped moving forward on the things that I KNOW God has asked me to do.

So on Monday I started the day with Bible reading and prayer.  Then I returned several emails and set up appointments for Fourth Floor Ministries.  Then I worked on my book.  And before I knew it, I was rejuvenated.  I got out of the funk I was in, and in the process I was reminded of two pretty basic things.  Perhaps these may help you today if you find yourself in a funk.

First.  Keep moving forward.

I’ve blogged about this verse before, but it bears repeating, “offer a right sacrifice and put your trust in the Lord” (Psalm 4:5).  To me that says… – Trust completely in God, but do your part.  Do the things you’re supposed to do.

In times of uncertainty, I can tend to slow down and wait until I know for sure what to do next.  But I’ve learned that inactivity can quickly lead to discontent.  We are in a big journey of faith, waiting on God to open doors, but while I am waiting I need to keep doing the things I know I’m supposed to do.  The very first thing I know I’m supposed to do is to read His word and spend time in prayer.  I realized on Monday morning that it had been a while since I had begun my day with a time of prayer and devotions.  That’s pretty simple stuff, but I had neglected it for about a week.

I also realized that my writing project as well as projects with Fourth Floor Ministries had been on the back burner for about a week as well.  It was good for me to do some work.

Moving forward is not to be confused with just keeping busy.  Too much activity will wear you down and you need to rest.  Perhaps the next step God is asking you to take is to rest.  But resting is different than just being lazy.  I believe God steers us when we move.  If you’re wondering why God hasn’t revealed the next step to you yet, make sure you’ve taken all the steps He’s already asked of you.  Take the steps.  Keep moving forward.

Second.  Trust.

God is moving.  Believe it.  God is working on your behalf.  He has not forgotten about you.  He is orchestrating things that you can’t see.  God is faithful.  He has a plan for you and is more than able to fulfill that plan.

Psalm 138:8 says this “The Lord will work out his plans for my life for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.”

There are times when God leads us on a journey of faith and the stuff you learn on that journey IS PART OF HIS PLAN.  The things you learn on the journey are things God wants you to learn.  And the only way you learn them is in the midst of a journey like this.  God knows what He’s doing.  He’s actually smarter than we think.  Unlike humans, He uses His whole brain.

I woke up feeling a bit anxious again this morning.  And here were the first words I read:

2 sam 7:28-29

Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.  Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

God keeps His promises.  It’s who He is.

Trust Him.  And keep taking steps.