It’s Okay

Recently the landlord of our old shop dropped a bombshell by doubling the rent. After sixteen years of being good stewards of the premises, we felt the slap in the face. This presented us with a perfect opportunity to do as Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:38-40 (NKJV) ⇒

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheekturntheother to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
 
 

In other words, we needed to respond with loving kindness and trust God’s Word on the matter.

Our landlord had dropped a nuclear warhead on us ⇒

  • Exploded all our plans
  • Exploded our comfort zone
  • Exploded our everyday working life
  • Exploded our financials
  • Exploded our peace

It seemed that chaos was reigning and we were entering a time of great uncertainty. When all hell breaks loose, you feel very uncertain about the future and just don’t know how things will pan out. Have you been in that place where there doesn’t seem to be many options, it seems all hope is lost and it seems you’re not going to make it? I have good news for you, God is good all the time.

When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. When we can’t see how things are going to work out, God has a plan. When you’re wedged into a place where you can’t see a way out, God is ready and willing to show you the way. When you’re ready to give up, look up. When your GPS is broken, it’s time to trust God’s GPS. The world has a GPS which stands for Global Positioning System. But God’s GPS stands for God’s Positioning system and it is so much better. God wants to place you in the best position to receive the greatest blessing. The truth is when you use God’s GPS you get peace that everything is okay.

The story of Moses in the wilderness is like our story. In this Scripture (Exodus 33:13-17 NKJV) Moses and God are having a pow-wow. See what transpires as you read below ⇒

13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” 14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” 17 So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”

Can you see the relationship between God and Moses here?

Moses doesn’t want to go anywhere or do anything that God doesn’t want to do. Moses knows that God’s presence is the most important thing. Moses knows that if he doesn’t have God’s peace to move then he stays put. Moses is totally reliant on God’s GPS, on God’s Positioning System. I pray that all of us would be like Moses, not wanting to go anywhere or do anything unless the presence of God goes with us. We don’t move unless we have God’s rest or peace on any issue first.

The truth is God will often bring you to a place of total reliance on Him to see if you really love and trust Him. Why? If you and I really love God then we’ll obey God. Jesus said this Himself in John 14:15-21 NKJV ⇒

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Jesus could have said it like this, “Because you love me, you will want to obey my commandments.” Why, because the blessing is always on the other side of obedience. God always wants to bless you. God’s ways are higher than our ways and there is a way that seems right to a man but in the end, it leads to destruction (see Isaiah 55:9 & Proverbs 14:12). God says the principal thing to gain is wisdom despite the cost (Proverbs 4:7).

Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” NKJV

We can’t just seek the Kingdom of God and skip the seek his righteousness part and expect to be blessed. The truth is there is always a process to get to the promise. Often we want to get to the promises of God but are we prepared to go through the process? Our salvation should not be defined by an altar call and the sinner’s prayer alone. It should not be limited in any way. We must walk out and work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Every time we face trouble we need to seek what the Lord is saying, then be obedient to do it. Every time we make a decision or make a move, we should be like Moses and say “Unless your presence goes with me Lord, I’m not moving.”

During the weeks of finding a new place for the shop, I felt a lot like Moses. I asked God lots of questions such as ⇒

  • Where will we go?
  • What is our future going to look like?
  • Will we even have a future?
  • Will we lose everything we’ve worked hard for?
  • Will we lose our house?
  • How will I pay the mortgage?
  • How will I provide for my family?
  • Jesus, how hard is it going to get?

These are all reasonable questions but if you want the right answers, you’ve got to ask the right questions. These are good questions ⇒

  1. Can I trust God totally regardless of what’s happening in my life?
  2. Will I trust God totally regardless of what’s happening in my life?
  3. Will I let God lead me when I can’t see?

 

These three questions are the ones that will determine your future and the outcome of any situation. Once I had the answers I knew I was going to be okay. Whatever God wanted was okay by me, whatever it looked like was okay. If we lost everything, it would still be okay. I knew God loved me and my family. I knew He would not leave us begging for bread. I knew God called me to be a pastor. I knew God’s promises were yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). I didn’t try to go straight to the promise because that would mean short-circuiting the process. That would mean missing out on the blessing. Have you ever tried to get to the promise without going through the process? I have. Sometimes we’re like flowing water wanting to take the path of least resistance.

Can I encourage you today that whatever circumstances you are facing, move when God says to move and keep His commandments. He will give you His peace about what to do. Every day I get up early to spend some time with God before work. Every day He has quietly and lovingly spoken to me, “It’s okay.”

The truth is when you’re down to nothing, God’s up to something ⇒

  • When you’re so tired you can’t eat your dinner
  • When your bank account is so empty it’s become a vacuum
  • When your fuel tank is empty and your bank card is maxed out

That’s the perfect opportunity for God to show up. He will if you’re ready and willing to engage the process to the promise.

STEP 1. Surrender to God

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for withoutMeyoucandonothing (*John 15:5 NKJV)

STEP 2. Be obedient to God

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore chooselife, that both you and your descendants may live; (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV)

STEP 3. Have a vision for Your Life

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)

Do you have a vision for your life? What does that look like? The other day I was in the bus at 4 am on my way to work. It was pitch dark and it rained so hard that I couldn’t see at all. The windscreen wipers were flapping away but I had to slow down to 20 KPH. Nevertheless, I still ran off the road but praise God I didn’t crash. When the rain eased I got back on the road and kept heading to work.I might have slowed down, I might have run off the road but my destination hadn’t changed.

My GPS in the bus was still showing me the way to God. Be encouraged today, God’s GPS is still working and He has directions for you. Jeremiah 29:11-14 says God has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. But God needs you to bring something to the table. He desires a covenant relationship with you. That’s a two-way deal. God wants to go with you in all that you do and all that you dream and hope for.

Our part of keeping the covenant is ⇒

  • Separate yourself regularly
  • Seek God with all your heart daily
  • Let the public see Jesus in you
  • Learn to listen and obey God in everything

Enter into that covenant relationship with God and He will go with you. Maybe it’s been dark in your life or raining so heavy that you can’t see. Have you slowed right down or even stopped beside the road? Have you run off the road and are now stuck in the mud? It’s okay. The destination, according to God’s GPS hasn’t changed. Just get back on the road.

God bless you

Pastor Nigel