I have often wondered to myself why people of faith allow themselves to suffer because of their inability to faithfully walk in the path God has lain before them. Many times, I have seen people who know that they’re supposed to do great works for God, but choose not to, and suffer because of it. I have seen ministries falter because the leadership failed to hear the voice and command of God and went a different direction. I have seen churches who were once pillars of communities for over a century suddenly wither to nothingness because the leadership chose to follow the crowd’s desires instead of God’s. And all the while, I’ve had to deal with the pain of watching the world burn, and not being able to do anything about it.
Many times as Christians, we are given visions and plans of great works from God, and when we submit these visions to the people, they are not received very well. Many times, these same people, who claim that they are following the same God, feel as though these visions or plans are not in line with what God wants because it doesn’t look like what they believe God would want in their eyes. As a result, we, the ones who have the vision and are ready to proceed, have to wait on God to touch the hearts and minds of those who stubbornly kick against the pricks and fight against Him. In waiting, we have to watch God pick apart those who cannot and/or will not fall in line until they get in line, or are permanently removed from the equation.
I thought that going through the struggle was hard, but I find that in walking with God, the hardest thing to do is to watch people suffer, the guilty who won’t move out of God’s way, and the innocent that are damaged collaterally through the link between them and the guilty. It is hard to see so many people not receive the benefits of ministries that could be taken to the next level because of men and women in leadership positions that stubbornly hold onto “the way things are.” It is hard to see lackluster performances from people who relentlessly continue to do things the same way year after year, even though the way does not work. It is hard to see kids feel neglected by church officials because more attention is given to adult ministries than are the youth. It is hard to have these ideas, concepts, plans, visions, and innovations in our hearts and minds, and yet when spoken out loud to the ones who should help us, they laugh, scoff, and get angered because they can’t see with their eyes what they should be able to see through their faith.
So as I watch the world burn, I pray that God give me enough patience to endure what I have to see, enough kindness and love to see them through the process, and enough faith to know that one way or another, God’s Will shall be done. And there’s nothing that anyone can do about it.