September 22, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: The Consistency of God

Brother-Aaron-236x300As I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, I have just returned from a revival service where a young pastor, not even half my age, preached. He preached a fine sermon.

It was theologically correct, challenging, relevant, and well presented. But none of that is what blessed me so about this young Man of God. What impressed me was his age and commitment to God.

Somewhere along the way I heard that what we are determines what we see and do and that we see things through the filters of our own prejudice. Being a throwback to a generation gone by, I have discovered the truth it those sayings. I’m one of the older warhorses now and have the scars to prove it!

Therefore, I have my view of what Christianity should look like. And I have wondered where the young preachers are that God would raise up to replace us old warhorses when we fade from the scene. Tonight I saw one.

It encouraged me to no end to once again be reminded that God is consistent, and that just as He has done with every preceding generation, He raises up those who are true to the Christian faith and have not bowed a knee to baal.

Listening to this young preacher brought back memories. I remembered when God called me to preach. I was greener than grass. I didn’t have a command of the Queen’s Language. I didn’t know anything about preaching. I had no formal training.

And I was as shy as shy could be. But my zeal was as big as the State of Texas.

And to be totally honest with you – many times in my ministry that zeal has caused me to outrun my commonsense! And oh my, when God called me to my first pastorate, at the ripe old age of twenty-three, you couldn’t touch me! God had saved my wretched soul, called me to preach, and had now placed me in a church where they actually paid me to do what I would have done for free!

In fact, I would have probably paid them just to let me preach! As I said, you couldn’t touch me! And the blessing of tonight was that I sensed the same zeal in this young man. God is consistent. With each new generation He raises up a group of young pastors and gives them a zeal for His work.

We live in a world gone mad. Unfortunately, consistency is one of the casualties of the world in which we live. Absolutes are no longer absolutes, truth has somehow become relevant to the situation, and forever no longer means forever. And if the truth be known, what society is searching for more than anything else is: consistency.

I close with a story that I may have shared before. It’s about and old retired music teacher and a young man who shared a duplex apartment. The retried music teacher, being confined to a wheelchair, occupied the downstairs apartment. The young man occupied the upstairs. They soon developed a morning routine. The young man would come bounding down the stairs on his way to work.

He would lovingly call to the teacher, “Hey old man! What’s the good word for today?” And with that, the teacher would reach into the side pocket of his wheelchair and pull out a middle-c tuning fork.

Striking it on the chair he would say, “The good news my boy is that this is middle-c!  It was middle-c yesterday, it is middle-c today, and it will be middle-c tomorrow. The piano in the hall is out of tune. The tenor across the street sings flat.

But the good news my boy is – this is middle-c!” In a world gone mad the old man had found something consistent. So have I. His name is Jesus.  “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8(KJV) “For I am the LORD, I change not…”  Malachi 3:6(KJV)

Lord, tonight You used a young preacher boy to remind an old warhorse of Your consistency! And I thank you!

Brother Aaron    

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