Don’t Set Your Tent Pegs Too Deep
- Date: December 25, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
Proverbs 15, verse 9 tells us, "A man's heart [creates or invents] his way: but the Lord directeth his steps." This has always been a real assurance to me in my life because I've made plans. And, I've gotten off-course. You say, "Well, Pastor, how do you know that you've gotten off-course?" Because God redirected my path. Now being off-course isn't always being in sin and being off-course is not always being in the flesh. Did you know that we can be on the right path too long? Let me explain what I'm talking about. I say right path because God put you on it. Let me give you a "for instance." God put you on there. God said, "Okay, I want you to start School of the Prophets. People are coming in from all over the east coast and school is going on and every night we have our Bible college going on. And then God said, "It's over." Did you know that too often in Christian lives, after God says it is over, we continue doing it because it's a good thing, and it seems to be producing good fruit and maybe…. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? And we've got to have been sensitive to the Spirit. I want to tell you, beloved, when the cloud moves, it's time to move.
When that pillar of fire moves, as it did in the wilderness, you have only one decision to make. Are you going to follow God or are you going to stay comfortable with your tent pegs in? "This is restful to me and I don't like the unknown." You know, it seems like, as you read about the journey of the children of Israel there, that they didn't get to stay put very long, did they? So as God is moving in our lives, don't set your tent pegs too deep to where you can't hear and move in a moment. Frankly, as humans we're not comfortable with that, but all of my life I think that's one thing that I've done pretty good over the years. As soon as I have heard the voice of God, it's not a week. It's not, "I need to make preparations and we need to forewarn people…." As we talked about the missions program back then and God spoke to us and we saw the Word of God as it was revealed in that way, men that were personal friends of mine, men that we were supporting at a thousand dollars or more a month when most churches were giving like twenty to twenty-five dollars. Do you think that they would begin to depend on that thousand dollars? And I have to tell these men-we were getting ready to have a mission's conference-these men were on their way and I called every one of them and said, "I just want to tell you something. God spoke to us. We're changing course. We're not going to support you anymore. Here's what God spoke to us." And every one of those men said, "Praise God, that sounds like the Lord."
Now, that made it easier on my flesh but the point I'm making is this: you can stay too long. You can say, "Well, we'll do it for one more year so that you guys can adjust." How many of you think that would have been the fair way to do it? Anybody? Come on, just seriously? How about six months maybe? Three months? How many of you think three months to let them adjust to losing a thousand bucks a month-how many of you think that would have been a fair way to do it? How many of you would have probably done it that way? How many of you would have, but you don't want to raise your hand? How many of you would have called them that day and say it's done? But the Lord directs your path. That means He sets you right. What we were doing was right. It was right and God set us "righter." (I know.) That's the confidence we have in Him. That even when we are doing things right, even when we are in the right place, when that cloud begins to move, He gives us that revelation, and we can't sit on what we comprehend. We can't say, "I've been doing it this way all along. Lord, You are the one that set me here." Yes, and He's the one that's set us on another course right now. We're talking about the sovereignty of God. He has the right to do that. It seems as though, as we look at these different passages, He knows the heart of man, and the Scripture says we don't. And a man's heart then creates or invents his own course. "Do you know what? I've got a good idea of how we can do something for the Lord." Motives are right. The thing that we are doing may be effective, and God changes our steps to set us in His present will and some of us have trouble adjusting.
He's sovereign and He has the right to change our course at any moment. When we begin to realize that, it brings about a rest. It takes away that natural uneasiness.