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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Road Less Traveled

"Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem.  The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem, the Holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns" (Nehemiah 11:1).

Growing up in a time where religious television has experienced a boom much like the Gold rush in the 1800's and the Oil boom in the last century, tuning into a television channel that was broadcasting a preacher on TV didn't take much luck at all.  There have been many that have preached the Word of God in an applicable, challenging, and convicting way.  But there have also been those that have preached a gospel that says that if I just believe and obey Christ, that I will never experience sickness, pain, death, financial hardship, relational difficulties and so much more.  Many believed.  Many have been disappointed.  God blesses as He desires in a timing that is perfect...at least in His eyes.  Our lives, many times, takes on a journey down a road that is not popular, but no less God's calling.  It's a road less traveled, but it is one that we don't travel alone.  God is with us.

Jerusalem was a city still being built.  There was a lot of hard and demanding work still to be done, and it would take great amounts of blood, sweat, and tears to see it through to completion.  Through the casting of lots, what would seem all by chance, one tenth of the people were selected to do the work as per God's calling.  They were selected by the Spirit of God to do what seemed more dangerous, less preferred, and would require a level of commitment that would, at times, seem daunting and overwhelming.

The other nine out of ten went back to their own homes.  The "one" had to forge ahead with no home, no comfort, and not much to work with.  All they had was their own devotion to the vision that the leaders had for the rebuilding of their homeland, and a passion to see God's purpose fulfilled.

We are called to live this out so many days in a great diversity of ways.  We're not always going to have the easy road with all the comforts, convenience, and confidence that others sometimes "seem" to have.  We may not know how it's all going to turn out.  We may be very uncertain, insecure, and greatly confused.  But, we do have the opportunity to allow God to speak into our lives, and reveal His vision, purpose, plan, and promise to us.  We must depend upon Him and develop a passion to see God's purpose fulfilled in our lives, our families, our jobs, and every other purpose He's destined us for.

Today, choose to go and follow Him.  He might call you to go down a road that is less than preferred.  Go.  He's with you.  The promise is just a bit further down the journey.  Don't give up.  Don't stop.  Be the one out of ten.  God has called you.  Trust Him to provide for you everything you need.  The road less traveled is often the one that holds the greatest promise in store for your life!

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