Bible Passage for Meditation: Matthew 6:33, 34
Key Verse: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
I spend much time studying about autism, improving my diagnostic skills, designing interventions for children with the disorder, and offering support to their families. In fact, I’ve always dreamed of one day having the opportunity to make a national presentation on the topic.
Thus you can only imagine my excitement when I received an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from the National Autism Society of America informing me that my presentation proposal was approved for the upcoming national conference in Denver, Colorado, July 8-11, 2015. It was an answer to prayer and a dream come true. Then my joy suddenly faded as I realized that this was the same time as the upcoming General Conference Session. I’m passionate about prayer ministry, and I had already committed my services as a prayer team member for the ten-day session.
In this moment the Lord reminded me of His promise, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). I knew I couldn’t change my mind on the Lord! I could not choose the things of this world, no matter how noble they were, over His call to serve.
These types of decisions confront us daily. What will we choose when we face a conflict between service to God and service to our own earthly interests?
Ellen White writes, “We are never called upon to make a real sacrifice for God. Many things He asks us to yield to Him, but in doing this we are but giving up that which hinders us in the heavenward way. Even when called upon to surrender those things which in themselves are good, we may be sure that God is thus working out for us some higher good. In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings.” Help in Daily Living, p. 13
I don’t know if God has called me to surrender my dream permanently, or just entrust it to Him for now. But I have made my choice! The Lord has honored His Word to me time and time again, so I must honor my word to Him. He promises “For [I am] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward [My] name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrew 6:10). I choose to have faith in my Lord. What about you?
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, entire consecration is not easy. While we love You, it is not always easy for us to give up the things of this world when You call us to serve. As we continue through the 100 Days of Prayer, help us to re-commit daily to giving You our all, and to taking You at Your Word. Help us to have faith that You will fulfill Your promises in our lives when we put You above all else. But whether or not You choose to honor us by answering our prayers as we would hope, we still relinquish our private dreams and selfish worldly ambitions to You today. May the words of William Cowper’s faithful hymn be our daily prayer: “The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be, help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee.” Amen.
By Shanter Alexander
(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)