January 12th, 2018 — IGNITE

Convenience. We all like convenience. I remember the days when the microwave oven came into existence. They were life changers. What once took a good amount of time to cook or bake, now took minutes. Instead of having to get a pot or pan out of the cupboard and put it on the stove and wait for it to heat up, now all you had to do was get a plate, slap your delicacy on it, plop it in the microwave, set the timer and “bam” it was done! How convenient!

Or how about some of the new cars these days. I don’t have one, but maybe you do. I’ve seen the commercials where the person wants to parallel park and the car does it all by itself. How convenient is that?

Remember the days when you needed to get a gift for someone because it was their birthday or anniversary. You got in your car, drove to the store you thought would have what you wanted (or better yet, what you thought they wanted) and purchased your item. Then you hand delivered it when you met. Nowadays, you don’t even have to leave home. You can search to your heart’s content on the internet, find things most stores don’t even have on their shelves or racks, and ship it right to your loved one.

Convenience seems to be the end goal. If we can find the most convenient way to get from point A to point B in our life, I’m pretty sure we’ll at least consider it. The more convenient – the more appealing.

I thought of those things as I read these words today…
“And our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.” Acts 7:39 NASB

Let me put this into context. The guy who said this was Stephen. He was brought before the religious leaders for questioning. Stephen was recalling there common history and was referring to Moses as he lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. But because wandering in the wilderness was not convenient, they weren’t willing to follow him as their leader and they rejected him. He could take them out of Egypt but he couldn’t get Egypt out of them. It just wasn’t convenient.

Sometimes our convenience gets in the way of our faith walk. We want the quickest, easiest, most efficient way to walk through life. If it’s got the least bit of resistance, we generally avoid it. And if it is not convenient at all, we go back to the way we’ve always done it before.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God always has your best in mind, but sometimes it may not be convenient. It may stretch you… it may push you… it may not feel comfortable… but it is for your best. Don’t let your convenience stand in the way of receiving the good of our God.

As you lead, help me to follow, even when I don’t think it’s convenient. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen