You are feeling a stirring for something new. You don’t know what. You want to simply break out and do something that you’ve never done before. You don’t know what, but something! In fact, you are thinking, you’d be glad to do anything at this point. You are bored. Bored of your life and everything in it! You might even be bored with some colossal problems. They don’t even cause a stir in your heart. You are thinking that you would do anything, anything at all to escape this boredom. You need something new, different, and exciting.
It escapes from your lips, “LORD, I’m bored!”
Quick. Catch it! Don’t stifle this stirring. This ‘quickening.’ Yes, that’s an old fashioned term, but it applies. This need for something new doesn’t have to be quenched. It is the Spirit of God, nudging you, or compelling you, to shake out of the old and move into the new.
What? And here, you thought I was going to say it was the devil. Isn’t that what the world always portrays? If you want to do something new and exciting, it’s in the devils jurisdiction? If you are Christian, you just need to fight that flesh and deny yourself? Just stew in your boredom, Christian, that’s what you are supposed to do.
You are not called to be bored in Christ. Repeat. You are not called to be bored in Christ.
God does have seasons on this earth and each natural season also portrays the spiritual. Spring time IS a time for new life. How can we get so discombobulated as to think that when we feel the need for something new, we must deny it? Don’t listen to that lie. Understand that life comes from God and most certainly new life comes from God.
God calls us continually into new and different things. He can’t help Himself. He IS the creator, you know. As for exciting-if we will look at the Saints in the bible, they were NOT leading boring lives. The difference between God calling us into an exciting, joyful and prosperous life and Satan calling us into an exciting, happy and successful life is that God’s things are real and everlasting and Satan’s things are false so that they will fail you; lead you into dead ends and eventually death.
It isn’t the matter of exciting and passionate. That is available if you want it in both the Christian and the non Christian life. It is simply the outcome to it all that will be different. It also and always remains your choice. Who are you going to go to when you are bored beyond imagination? What are you going to do about this pent up need to do something new? Something passionate again? Something life changing?
Christ is not calling you to be bored. Nor are you called to quench the Holy Spirit. Yet, because we’ve let the world hoodwink us into believing that we should be boring and bored saints, we actually say no to the Holy Spirit when we should say yes.
When you were a child, did you ever get bored and go to your mother and complain. “Mom, I’m bored.” I certainly did. Many, many times.
This was the ‘passionless play’ we would enact.
“Mom. I’m bored.”
“Go play with your dolls.”
“No, I don’t want to do that.”
“Go play outside.”
“No, I don’t want to do that.”
“You can help me. I’ll show you something new.”
“No, I don’t want to do that.”
Simply put, I didn’t know what I wanted to do and since I didn’t know, I didn’t want to do anything at all. That hasn’t changed. It is a circumstance in our adult lives too.
As great as my Mom is, I will suggest that Father God knows me even better and actually will have greater suggestions for me. When I don’t know what is going on inside of me and why I’m so bored, He does. The question would be do I go to Him and ask Him? What is more, His suggestions will not only quench my boredom, but produce good things for me, for others, and for the Kingdome of God. Some great perks even while I can have the time of my life! Now, ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT!
With my mother, she would finally throw up her hands and say, “Well then, you will just have to be bored, I guess.” I’d pout a bit, and then I’d go and try one of her suggestions. When did I stop being bored? When I went out to play outside again, thought of a new game, and gasp…played it.
Another difference between God and mother is that God doesn’t always suggest the tried and true. Or the mother approved ‘safe’ suggestions. Have you ever gone to God and said you are bored, and He suggests something totally ‘out of bounds’ to you?
F”ather God, I’m so bored, I can’t wait for my vacation. Only thing is, it will probably be like all my other vacations. It won’t live up to my impossible expectations.”
“Daughter, why not take what you’ve saved for the Bahamas and go on a missions trip instead? You know I’ll be with you. I’ll even set up some Divine Appointments for you.”
“Whoa Father. I’ll—I think I’m not bored any more. I’ll—well, I like stewing in my own boredom after all.”
Ever had that conversation with Father God? Come on. Confession is good for the soul. You asked Him for a simple assignment and God gives you this rather scintillating yet new and scary thing to do. Don’t you just wish sometimes that God didn’t think you are the righteous and as brave as a lion?
And how about this one:
“LORD, I’m bored with my church family and all I’m doing for You in the church.”
“Well, daughter, to tell you the truth, that’s because I’m bored with you doing that too. It was Me who lead you into these things, and it is going to be Me who leads you out. Here’s what I want you to do. Put in for a transfer to another area of ministry in your church. Yes, the one you’ve been secretly eyeing but every time you think of it, your palms sweat because it is so different and demanding compared to what you do now. (Yes daughter, I’ve been watching you. I know). And I’d like for you to go visit your relatives on Wednesday night rather than going to your own church service.”
“Why that OTHER denomination down the street from here. You aren’t leaving your church family-you are visiting my other flocks. I need some cross-pollination in my church right now. I need you all to become unified and this is the way to do it. I’m starting a revolution. Make sure you understand you are FOR MY CHURCH, and not against it.”
“Oh no LORD, Pastor will think I’m leaving him! What will everyone say?”
“Daughter, if you don’t start doing something new with Me, your boredom will drive you to leave your Pastor in the end. And that isn’t in My plan right now. Don’t say no to Me and don’t listen to Satan. That is all I’m asking of you.”
“Yes, but LORD, I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. You know what they will say!”
“Daughter, aren’t you a bit concerned with what I will say?”
“LORD, of course. You know I love you…but…”
“All the promises of God are yes and amen, daughter. Right?”
“Yes, but LORD, I tried that verse on getting that new car I wanted. I declared it and declared it. I said Yes and Amen, and I’m still driving around in this old paid for car of mine. I want new, shiny. I have new car fever, bad like!”
“Shhh. Listen to the wind of My Spirit, Daughter. I’m touching your heart strings right now, they are playing a melody of love for those poor, lost souls in…”
“LORD, I’m not bored anymore. Jesus did say the poor will be with us always. You know I can’t do anything about that…”
“Daughter, I can. Are you ready for something NEW Daughter? How about doing something, wild, passionate, crazy, and fantastic? Let Me fill you with My Spirit. Let’s go and DO something that I’ve been preparing for you to do all this time!
“OK LORD. I’m with you. But don’t go getting confused. I’m not really a lion. I know You see me that way because…well, I am wearing the clothes of righteousness from Your Son, Jesus, but I’m just really a kitten. You’ll have to do the roaring You know if any roaring is going to be done…”
The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
(Pro 28:1 NKJV)
Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me, Silvanus, and Timothy–was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
(2Co 1:17-20 NKJV)