Last week I had one of those events that I call “a total God moment”. It’s amoment when God just kind of speaks to you and pushes you in a direction and you have no idea why, but at the end of the night you realize how awesome it was and why God led you there.
I had a lesson prepared for my high school small group guys. I was going to talk about the Beatitudes and how they apply to our lives today. I did a lot of research, I borrowed a commentary from Steven by D.A. Carson on the Books of Matthew and Luke, I spelled out practical applications, and by the time I was done I had 5 pages of notes. When I was done with this lesson my guys were going to be totally schooled on the Beatitudes, they would be reciting them in their sleep. I knew I had nailed this lesson, heck, even I understood the Beatitudes better than I ever have! About 30 minutes before my group meets I did my usual routine of going into my office in the Student Ministry building at Saddleback Church, closing my door and having some serious prayer time with Jesus before hand.
When I was done with prayer time, I don’t know why but something kept telling me that tonight was not the night for the lesson I had prepared. “No”, I thought…it has to be I’ve spent a lot of time on this and it’s good if I don’t say so myself! But the closer the time got to my small group meeting time and my guys started arriving I kept getting this feeling that I need to skip the lesson for tonight and do something else. I put it out of my mind until we got into our meeting room, and began talking about everyone’s week. It hit me again…not tonight..put this lesson away. By then I figured it out and knew it was God telling me something else needed to be talked about tonight. The next thing I knew I started asking them to tell me what the definition of forgiveness is, and do they need to forgive anyone? Or do they need to ask forgiveness of someone? One of the guys asked me for my definition of forgiveness. I told him to me, true forgiveness means that I forever give up the right to hold against you what you have done to me. Once I say “I forgive you”, its done, its gone, it never happened.
At that moment one of the guys began talking about something he had done and needed to ask forgiveness for. It was a pretty tough issue and I was so proud of him for putting his feelings out there. And then another one, and by the time the night was over two more had text me about issues they needed to ask someone to forgive them for. That night our group’s Facebook page lit up with comments from the guys thanking me for the lesson and for helping them make some tough decisions tonight. WOW! If I had kept with my original plan none of this would have happened! God definitely knew what was best for the lesson last night and I’m thankful I heard and followed His direction. The awesome part is that I got to just sit back and watch them minister to each other! Tears were shed, hugs were given out and accountability partners were chosen.
My question is….are you far enough along in your faith to recognize when God is moving you to or away from something?