Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.05.29

May 29 – June 4



Scripture Passage:  “You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.”    II Chronicles 20:17


Dear Friends,


     God has a sense of humor.  He created me with ADD and ADHD and then called me into a job where I have to read a lot and stay focused.   I am required to sit still at my desk or in hospital waiting rooms.  There are many days that I get so easily distracted and bored that it takes everything within me to stay focused on what needs to be done.  Sitting still has never been my strong suit.  I used to get paddlings in school because I could not stay in my seat.  I know I wore out dozens of pencil sharpeners because I needed something to do with my hands and it gave me an opportunity to get out of my seat without getting into trouble.  Patty says that is the reason I preach today.  I do not have to sit still in church.  If given an option, I will choose working outside or in my garage over watching television.  I would rather go to the farm and work than to go to the beach and lay around.  When Patrick was a young boy, he and I would walk the beach to the nearest pier so we could have something to do.  When evening rolled around, we had to find some type of amusement park or sports facility to pass the time before going to bed.  I am afraid he got his restlessness from me.  Sometimes when I go to bed, I run up the walls and fall back on the bed in my mind until I fall asleep exhausted.  (I know that is crazy, but it is more exciting than counting sheep.)  Now, when I wake up in the mornings I am just as tired as I was when I went to bed.  There is another joke the good Lord has played on me.  I still have that nervous energy in my mind, but the body only functions at half throttle now.  It is kind of like a souped-up mini bike running on half flat tires.  The desire is still there but I have to stop ever-so-often and air up the tires.  It may be that God has done this so he could keep me under control. 


     There is another characteristic that has been my Achilles heel.  I do not like to wait.  I want things done and I want them done yesterday.  Also, when I get the itch to buy or trade something, I want to do it right now.  I get it, whatever it is, on my mind and I can think of nothing else.  This does not mean I am impulsive or compulsive by nature.  I study and research what I am looking at until I know everything about it.  The problem is I often justify in my mind the purchase of something that I cannot warrant the cost of practically.  This reminds me of the story of a man who wanted to purchase a new bass boat. He told his wife that the money saved on the market cost of fresh fish would pay for the boat in no time at all.  She did some figuring of her own and came to the conclusion it would take ten years and 10,000 “keepers” to pay the boat off - if he could catch the fish at all.  I do not know who won the argument but it appears they each looked at it from a different perspective. 


     Finally, there are instances in my life where God brings me to a point of total helplessness.  It is a reality check to know there are certain things I can do nothing about.  Regardless of how hard I try or how much time I put in, there are some things that only God can fix.  To sit still and wait upon God is often my greatest test of faith.  I know in my heart how much I need the Lord, but my mind tells me that I need to be doing something.  The sin comes not in having the desire to accomplish great things, the sin comes in disobeying the Father.  The right thing can become the wrong thing if done at the wrong time.  Jehoshaphat found out first hand that it pays to wait upon the Lord.  The battle was won and there were no casualties because the Lord was with them.  The benefits were so abundant that after three days they finally stopped gathering because there was too much to carry away.  Just remember that when God tells you to sit still it is not being lazy.  When he asks you to wait, it is because you are going to need your strength tomorrow.  Take a chill pill and wait on God. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny