Isaiah 54: 2 (NIV)
2 Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
I don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that for each and every one of us, at some point in our lives, we were in a place or a position that we were terribly dissatisfied with. In fact, some of you might currently be in such a state and might even be at a loss as to what to do.
Well, I have good news for you! From what I have learnt from the past few sermons in church, I came to the realization that for most of us, we get the very first part absolutely spot-on, and that is being dissatisfied with where you are at. It is definitely not wrong to expect more out of our present situations because after all, we serve an Almighty God Who is able to meet our needs and go above and beyond all that. It is after the very first step that the problem kicks in. And this next step will really define and shape a person, whether he is a Christian that is God-minded, or one that is just too caught up and bogged down by worldly affairs and matters to see the bigger picture.
So the crux lies here. After being dissatisfied, what do you do from there? What are your resulting actions? Is it to just complain to God, to the people around you and to yourself and leave it as that? Or alternatively, are you the one that keeps your mouth from all those petty complaints and instead of doing all that, you choose to not look at your current circumstance but you SEE who you are in God, and where you can be, with Him?
I tell you this, whichever option you belong to or you choose to be today makes a world of a difference. Take the Israelites that were brought out of Egypt for example. They were brought out of the land of their oppressors and given food from the heavens to eat every day. Yes, they were dissatisfied with where they were at but instead of rejoicing in the things that the Lord has done for them and choosing to see where they are eventually going to end up, which was to be the Promised Land, they chose to look at the current state they were in and to complain. Look where it got them.
When God wants to bring us to higher places or to shower greater blessings upon us, many a time as I have observed and experienced, He brings us through a ‘transition phase’ first, a phase where He allows us to be put in the lowest and darkest of valleys and to break us down and humble us down so that He can lift us up when the right time arrives. Because it is only when we are put into darkness that we can see His light most clearly, no obstructions, no distractions, nothing.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that even when we go through these periods of times, our confidence in God and His promises remains unshaken, that we do not settle for anything less than what the Word of God has promised us.
Today, let us learn that when such circumstances arise, instead of going for less, we will pitch our tents further, wider, deeper to make room for whatever God has in store for us and make sure our capacity to receive greatness is always as big as possible, because we serve a big, big God! Allow me to end with the words of Pastor Wayne Cordeiro: “You need your eyeballs to look, but you don’t need any to see. Can you see it?” I shall leave all of you with that question today, time to work up a holy appetite for our Lord!
“Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have never left me and You never will. I pray that even as You see me through all the phases and seasons of my life, I will continue to fix my eyes on You and Your promises. If there ever comes a time when I cannot see You because of all the things in my life that clogs my sight of You, I give You permission now to remove them from my life and bring to my remembrance that You are God and You are all I ever need.
Lord, I pray also, that no matter what I go through or come across, my confidence and faith in You will never shrink or fade but if anything, I pray that it grows even bigger and that I will be even more convicted of all the plans You have for me. May You continue to teach me to pitch my tents bigger in the midst of adversity so that I will be set up and prepared for what You are going to bless me with. Thank You that You are such a big God and that I can rely on You despite everything. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. ”