by Randy Chambers, 2015-06-20
Jonah 4:5, NKJV: So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city.
We are all called to be ministers of a sort. But doing ministry has its difficulties (as so many people can attest). As we seek to follow God’s lead, we often find the greatest hindrance to doing so is ‘I’. What ‘I’ expect. What ‘I’ want. What ‘I’ think… Like Jonah, what ‘I’ want can cause me to run opposite of where God leads. Like Jonah, what ‘I’ think can lead me follow my reasoning above God’s reason. And, like Jonah, what ‘I’ expect can develop in me a bitter attitude towards people and even God’s plan, simply because God didn’t work as I thought He should. Setting out to minister, we seldom consider such snares might await us. But many a minister has burned out or broken beneath the burdens brought by personal plans, wants, reasoning, and expectations of how they thought God should work. It is, after all, His work. We can praise Him for what He does and how He does it. Or, like Jonah, we can pout beneath our shelter and wonder why God doesn’t work according to what ‘I’ want, think, or expect.