Another Day On The Moon
As the astronauts traveled to the moon, they followed a precise flight plan. They did not have the liberty to stay a few extra days because it was such a wonderful experience. If they had chosen this impulsive action, they probably would have exhausted their food, water, and oxygen. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s agenda for our lives, we must also recognize that deviating from His flight plan is dangerous.
Perhaps the hardest thing to do in any ministry is to conserve energy whenever possible. This requires an element of trust in the Lord that is not for the spiritually immature. God’s enemy often chooses to attack us so that we drain our energy on what is unprofitable. In other words, if he can get us to worry about something that is beyond our control, he has weakened our defenses. The greatest mistakes are often made when we are spiritually and physically exhausted.
The Old Testament prophet, Elisha, is a wonderful example for us to consider. Even on his deathbed, he still served as God’s spokesperson. In this manner, Elisha was better than Elijah, who seemed to struggle in this area. Both of the men served the Lord wholeheartedly. Miracles were present in both of their lives, but Elisha did not waste energy on the unprofitable.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (1Cor. 13:11, NIV)
There are different ways that we can receive this lesson. We can become agitated with our own imperfection. This reaction is unprofitable. If we continue in this manner, we eventually face symptoms of burnout. A better and healthier approach is to start examining activities to determine which areas require realignment with God’s perfect will.
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.” (Psa. 119:71-74, NIV)
Lord, without You in the forefront, I am nothing. Help me to always give You top priority. In Your name I pray. Amen!