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“You don’t know what you are asking for”

That is a weird answer to prayer, but that was my answer back in May when I was praying about the upcoming semester.

Let me tell you about it.

Each new school year there are struggles unique to that semester, I hope the beginning of this school year will truly be unique.

Fountain Steps Sharpened

The Eboard from left to Right: Nick, Charles, Sarah, Simone, Steph, and Zack

 

The semester was starting and our new executive leadership team (the eboard) was hitting on all cylinders.  Two days before classes started, we had fliers around the campus and emails from new students on our phones.

This is a good start!

The day before school started, things took a slight turn.  Every student group was removed from the student group website.  In itself, not unusual.  The day before classes while freshman are looking for things to do?  Unusual.

When we went to register, three things hit, one after the other:

One of our eboard members needs to step down from official leadership
As a non-registered group, we cannot hang fliers, represent the school, or get meeting rooms
We need to raise over $800 before we have access to a budget and register the group

Tough start.

It seems God teaches us through our lives.  Our first two weeks of lessons during our Wednesday night fellowship meetings on the UAlbany campus were about trusting God, believing that when He says He will provide, He will provide.  How?  I don’t know, but that shouldn’t be my concern, it is His.

We talked Sabbath.  Can we rest one day a week to keep a reminder that our efforts aren’t what changes things, but our partnership with God does, because He is moving.

Sabbath: Can we stop production one day a week to trust that God has given everything we need?  Can we trust Him?

Tough lessons when you need money to go forward.

On the 14th day of class, I get a call from Jeff.

(pleasantries)

Jeff: “Have you been support raising for this $800 yet?”

Me: “No”

Jeff: “Have you spoken with ———- ?”  (Alumni’s name redacted by request!)

Me: “I have sent some emails over the summer”

Jeff:  “Are you waiting on a gift?”

Me: “No”

Jeff: “They gave $5,503.49 this morning”

Me: *Silence*

This is a swing in momentum!

The next day a dedicated member of Impact joined the Eboard.

The next week, we were registered once again as a group.

As of today, we have a meeting being set up for our budget.

“You don’t know what you are asking for”

If God would have revealed to me that we’d be deregistered, need to raise $800, get a new eboard member, and we wouldn’t have meeting rooms, I wouldn’t have believed it.  If He went on to say don’t worry, I will provide for each need and more, I wouldn’t think I was hearing right.  How much?  Really?  That’s crazy talk!

In our times of strife, may we continue to turn to God knowing that He provided in Genesis 1 and continues providing today, in Acts 29.

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Grace and peace,

Today we are going over Matthew 8

Here is a link to it on biblegateway.com

 

It can be interesting to look at history and see over vast amounts of time how people don’t change.  Sure if we compare 2011 with 1811 there are huge differences like cars instead of horses, light bulbs instead of candles, and the internet instead of someone yelling on a street corner (did they do that in 1811?).  But the nature of people, that is something that stays the same.

In v24-25, Matthew records Jesus and the disciples in a boat and going across the sea of Galilee:

Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

The disciples at this point have seen Jesus do amazing things.  They have witnessed Him heal people from all sorts of diseases including the, at that time, incurable leprosy.  They also saw Jesus drive out demons from people and heal family of the disciples.

Last chapter was the end of the sermon on the mount where Jesus taught many lessons in a new way with authority instead of quoting well known people from the past.

After all of these amazing things, they still run into trouble or danger and are terrified instead of trusting in Jesus.

Just like the people before them, in times of danger and worry, they forget the past.

The Israelites in the desert did this almost constantly it seems.  Once they were saved from the plagues and given all sorts of gold and treasures and released from slavery into the desert, they started to think of how good slavery was because they had food.  They didn’t think about relying on God who has just done a miraculous deed for them.  Their lack of counting on God can be seen when Egypt was pursuing them, or when the spies came back from the promised land and said that they couldn’t defeat the people who currently live there.

Enough looking back at them, lets look at our lives.

When times get tough for me do I rely on God?

In the past when problems have come up, I have relied on God and amazing things have come from it.  I have seen God move in ways that were beyond what I was hoping for.

When problems come in the future, does my past make me run to God who was faithful then and will be faithful now?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Sometimes a problem seems so big that after I do all I can do, like the disciples, I turn to Jesus who isn’t worried at all about what is going on because He has control.

Here is v26:

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”

 

This chapter has encourage me to make Jesus the first person I turn to when troubles arise.

There is no need to worry and fret about something when Jesus, who loves and cares for you, is in control.

 

How is God using this chapter to speak to you?

 

-Zack

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