Week 35 – Finding Comfort
After a long and hard fought summer, Windermere feels very quiet and peaceful today. By long and hard fought, I mean there were days of joy and discouragement. I find that to be true in everyday life as well.
The nature of the Christian camping and conference ministry is this – we are called to serve our guest with 100% dedication. Sometime we do well and sometime we do poorly.
My reading today is from Romans 8. In this chapter, I am reminded once again that the world can trip me or encourage me but it is theLord that can bring comfort to my heart.
A pastor friend of mine says we need to learn and re-learn how to relax and leave it with God. It is easier said than done. In reading Romans 8 this week, I am reminded there are four ways to leave it with God.
1. Learn to wait and persevere.But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:25.
The best illustration of this is the idea of being a waiter in a restaurant. Persevering in hard work while at the same time serving the guests. I picture a person who waits and perseveres as a server.
2. Spend intentional time in prayer.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the[a]saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
If we get a bad review in our ministry, it is a definite time of groaning. It drives us to our knees with humility and forces us to trust the Lord. There is comfort to those who are humble.
3. Remember that our Lord is Sovereign.
And we know that [b] God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans8:28
I think we should never put a border around “all things.” The good and the bad in life is for our benefit and God’s glory. Rest in that.
4. Strive to be more Christ-like.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29
To be more Christ-like is to be directly in the middle of God’s will. Getting out of the way so people can see Christ is the best way to find comfort in our ministry.
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