Break The Spirit of Stagnation with Jesus (Noon)
Isaiah 45:2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.
In the land of Israel, green grasslands are found in many highland areas or hills. When the shepherds bring their sheep there, they might find it difficult. The sheep with short legs and a thick body can’t climb the steep hill easily. Sometimes, the shepherds need to carry the sheep. Therefore, to make the journey easier, the shepherds would lead them along a path that circles the hill. Although the distance is farther, the road is not too steep, so it’s easier for the sheep to walk. The shepherd’s name this path as the Way of Truth. The same term we find in Psalm 23: 3 describes Christ as the Good Shepherd.
Jesus, our Great Shepherd, will guide us along this path to His glory. The Way of Truth found in His Word will keep us from stagnation. We will not be stuck in a place because we cannot go up again. God will guide us day by day, to make progress and stay on top until we reach God’s plans for our lives. The key lies in our willingness to be led by the Great Shepherd.
Don’t feel down or panic if some of us experience stagnation in this pandemic year. Maybe our work is stagnant, no economic improvement, our spiritual life does not develop or our ministry brings no breakthrough. Just believe and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit through the Way of Truth of God’s Word. So even though sometimes it feels slow and is no progress, we will be led to keep going and with Jesus.
With Jesus, every STAGNATION in our life is BROKEN. We will make PROGRESS and STAY ABOVE.
1. Are you currently experiencing stagnation? In what ways?
2. In your opinion, what caused it?
3. What must you do so that you can keep going?
“Jesus, our Great Shepherd, we surrender our hearts to You. Guide us every step of the way. We believe that with You, every stagnation is broken. We will keep going up and not down. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”