In a resent testimonial one comment pricked my ears. This person, no doubt with good intentions, said that the church fitted into their schedule and that was one of the reasons they joined. It is commendable for a church to be able to provide services for so many different people with needs. However, I am concerned because too many of us seek out churches that fit our schedule and our needs. Suppose the church needs us? Should we not schedule our life and activity according to the church’s schedule?
I have another problem and that is can we fit God into our schedule? Does God need an appointment or permission to enter our lives? Just how high and mighty are we to think that we can enlist God’s services whenever we feel like it or need Him? Is He a repairperson we can call or a physician we can visit? Of course, this is preposterous! But let us search our hearts and ask ourselves whether we have not acted in a similar way? When in a bind, have we not cried out to God? I have and I still do. But is that the way I should schedule God into my life? If that is the case then there is definitely something wrong with my thinking.
During slavery days in the South, a plantation owner and his servant were caught in a storm. The owner cried out: “Sam, Sam, pray, pray!” Sam replied calmly: “Master, I said my prayers before the storm.” Sam had been with God before the trip and that is why he felt safe during the storm. His master was not and feared the storm. It was not that God was part of Sam’s life, rather it was Sam who was in God’s will and hands and that is why he did not worry about the outcome of the tornado.
God is far too big to be part of our life and for our purpose only. He cannot fit into our schedule; we must fit into His safekeeping. He promised that no one could tear us out of His hands (Jn.10: 28-29). There is no force strong enough to separate us from our loving heavenly Father (Ro.8: 31-39). We cannot make plans that suit us and then seek God’s approval. James, half-brother to Jesus counseled: “You ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, and we live, we shall do this or that'”(Ja.4: 15). But how can we fathom the mind of God? We are not asked to fathom the mind of God but to do what is right even when it hurts. The prophet Micah summarized it thus: “He (the Lord) has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? That man must do what is right, act mercifully and walk humbly with his God” (Mic.6: 8). Also Deuteronomy 10: 12 can be very helpful.