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Feb 10

Stuck In A Rut?

Stuck in a Rut

A soldier stood at attention in an isolated corner of the Russian palace. When questioned about his purpose, the soldier could only say he was following his captain’s orders. The captain was summoned and he too, did not know the purpose for the guard, but just knew regulations required it. Upon investigation, it was discovered that a century earlier, Catherine the Great had established the post to protect a newly planted rose bush. One hundred years later, guards were still being posted to keep watch over a barren spot of turf. Every once in a while, we ought to stop and ask, “Why am I doing what I am doing?” (Ministry management, Vol. 2, No.1, p.1).

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. A rut is just a grave open at both ends. We do something for so long and so mindlessly that we become like the fly in the vinegar jar who thought it was the sweetest place in the world because it was the only place he had ever been. God is in the stretching business. God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to let us stay that way.

Have you ever been to the circus and seen elephants tied to a post with a little chain around one ankle? Have you ever wondered why that great big elephant stays there when with one powerful tug of his leg he could be free? It’s because when he was a baby, he was tied up with that same chain. Try as hard as he could, he could not break free. One day, his belief system hardened around his conception of the truth that the chain was breakable. Even after he had grown more powerful enough to snap it with simple tug, he still believed it was impossible to break. “As a man thinks in his heart, is he” (Proverbs 23:7)

Albert Einstein once said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. God’s church and God’s people are supposed to be “faith based”. Everything we do is supposed to be fueled by our faith in God to do the impossible through us. Why would God’s people ever want to do what only they can do? That’s to boring and not much fun. When you get stuck in a “spiritual rut” faith becomes forgotten. Routine settles in and our vision becomes narrow.

Many people and many churches are tied up with worldly perspectives of doing God’s work. When that happens. ‘We can’t, it’s too expensive, we are behind on our budget,” starts becoming the normal response to anything outside line items. Mean while, “God’s eyes are constantly roaming the earth seeking out hearts to strengthen that are fully devoted to Him” (Chronicles 16:9). And when God finds a heart, a church who is willing to trust Him no matter what, God gives them a vision so big that it scares them to death, but that’s Ok because, “What seems impossible to man is possible for God”. (Luke 18:27)

Listen, God loves us too much to let us stay in a rut for too long. When overwhelming circumstances box you in with no apparent way of escape, get ready. God is about to propel you toward your faith destiny. Only when we are backed into a corner or stuck in a deep rut with no hope of escape do we look to Him for the solution.

The Lord knows what He is doing. How wonderful He is to leave us with no hope except in Him. Listen friend, “Your help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2). How sweet is that?

Walk Worthy,
Pastor Rick

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