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“When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful-just the everyday activities of life- do I hear God’s assurance even in these?”

Here is where the true test lies, in the moments when we are standing in the midst of ourselves and the only thing standing between us and God is the void of our everyday lives.  Are we not at our best of times when we are in the midst of adversity? God Himself states that in weakness His strength is perfected (2 Corinthians 12:9), but what about in our strength? What happens when we have been blessed, and have prospered, and are no longer utterly dependent upon God for our every need?  What about the times when the instruction of God is to just wait, that there is no great movement to be made, and our lives seem to be at a standstill? 

Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
This text baffles me… Here our Lord is being accused of being one of these “sinners.”  This leads us to believe that he was around them for a good amount of time.  This was not just a Saturday mission trip where he spent a few hours in the heart of the city trying to convert the “sinners.” And these obviously were not the average people of the church that one would expect Jesus to be spending his free time with.  They were the people that are considered “the world” by our church today.  They were people who had formerly rejected a godly lifestyle, and were living according to the lusts of the flesh.