God as a Mentor Part II

Now having God as a mentor makes sense considering He was the one that created us. When they asked Michelangelo how he made his statue of David he is reported to have said, “It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”* Who you are has already been designed by God– the key is chipping away at all those things that don’t fit – that don’t look like us. It’s His word that helps us do this – we’ll get tired of being hammered over and over or going through trial after trail, but this is God’s way of chipping away at the things that don’t belong. Anyone that has achieved any measure of success has suffered and conquered. We may a tragedy hit us here and something else happen over there, whether we are the victim or the perpetrator, there is no sense in what is happening, chaos and confusion reign. Trials are simply tests that measure how much we know. This chipping and hammering may not make sense now but in the future as the sculpture is in it’s last stages of completeness it will then begin to come together and you’ll begin to say, ah, now I know why I went through that or that thing that was meant to harm me God intervened and turned it into something that would ultimately be helpful. It’s time to grow up! Our frustration with God and His people usually is directly related to our development as Christians. An improperly developed believer has difficulty understanding His Word, His economy, His culture. Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul: For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law. Hebrews 5:12-14 We’ve got to go to somewhere we’ve never been to get something we’ve never had. We must know that He accepts us for who we’ve become but we must pray that we become what He has destined us to be. “God I lower my will so that yours be lifted up” is easy to say, but very difficult to do. Rachel and I enjoy watching these reality singing competitions like “The Voice” and “American Idol”. “The Voice” in particular is interesting because there is no age restriction, unlike American Idol who caters to the twenty something’s. It’s fascinating to watch the wide range of ages on The Voice and the need for coaching and mentoring at any age (people in their 50’s and 60’s) to be successful in the industry. As the people of God we will never grow smart enough to not need His mentorship. It ‘s never too late or too early to be mentored by God. This book will look at pulling from the scripture that knowledge, encouragement, support or whatever you need from Him to grow closer to Him. Recently I was driving our van and noticed that the oil light came on. Instead of avoiding it, in a freak moment of responsibility, I decided to pull into a gas station and check it out. Well, I was a few quarts low, so I buy two quarts, pop the hood. And then the adventure starts. I was wearing my glasses, which don’t help my vision much and it was nighttime. It was late, late at night. I could barely see the hole to pour in the oil (I know should have gotten a funnel, dummy) I had my Iphone in one hand trying to show some light and the quart in the other hand, it was a disaster in the making, but I decided to bravely and confidently pour anyway. As the second quart went in I checked the dipstick and of the two quarts I poured, only one went in and the other I accidently used it to anoint the engine with motor oil. For weeks Rachel and the kids complained of that awful smell of burning oil. You may generally know that God has a destiny for you but until His light is shown on your life will discover exactly where to go and what to do. You may have done something a million times and you’re in the right area but you may not be in the perfect spot in that area. Things must line up just right for us to swept away in His rip tide current. As we mature in him we begin to know how to create the right environment to produce a Godly result. For me, I should have backed the van up under the lights, gotten a funnel and the job would have been done right. Many times in our lives we are o’ so close but yet we’re still a mess. If I would have done it right the first time I would have spared myself and my family the inconvenience of that awful smell of burning oil. During this study, my goal is for us to see where others have succeeded and failed; to examine the formulas they used to fulfill their destiny. Am I saying that there is a perfect formula for every situation in our lives, NOPE. Reciting the words of the Preacher, that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). So if that be true, your not the first nor the last to struggle with what you struggle with; therefore because someone has gone through it before, there is a chance that they made it and all we need to know is how they did it. I pray that you enjoy this journey into humanity and His Word.

Musings of Norbert