Will Shehee Challenges Our Offended Heart

Broken-Heart-Backgrounds-Wallpaper(Written by Will Shehee)

My family has been wholeheartedly serving the Lord as missionaries in Uganda for over 3 years. And where did it land us? Our van is totaled, our 5 week old baby is dead, and my wife still can’t even walk.

Where are you at with that? (Be honest.) Naturally, some of you may be offended on our behalf. “Is this how God repays this family who has sacrificed so much to serve Him? How could I serve a God like that?”

The same sort of thing happened with John the Baptist. He served the Lord more sacrificially than any other man in history. Where did it land him? Chained and shamed in a dungeon.

Naturally, some of his friends were offended with Jesus. “Is this how God repays His servants?” But John sent them to the only One with the answers – Jesus. He gave no explanations nor promises for deliverance. After affirming that He was indeed the Messiah, He simply said this one statement, the statement that needs to be said to everyone in a difficult situation: “Blessed is he who does not TAKE OFFENSE at Me.” (Matthew 11:6).

I have been through the Hell of trauma. The accident replays through my mind like a reoccurring nightmare. I had to watch my van smash into the back of a parked tanker truck going 55 miles per hour down the highway. I had to hear my wife come back to consciousness and begin begging me to unpin her legs from the van that folded in all around them. I had to watch my newborn baby, the prized jewel of our family, breath her last breath. I had to be the one to tell my wife that our baby is dead. I pray you will never have to have that conversation with any child’s mother.

But I am here to say, 2 months later, the same thing I said 24 hours later: God is completely worthy of my trust. His character is good. His power is unchallenged. I am not offended.

And He is completely worthy of YOUR trust as well.

I challenge you. Search your heart right now. Are you offended with God? Is there something that happened to you or someone who you care for, someone whom you regard as a good person, someone who does not deserve what they have suffered?

You don’t need to understand WHY. All you need to understand is that God is good, and He knows what He is doing. Trust Him. Trust in the integrity of His character. Trust that one day, when this life is over, you will have full understanding about why this happened and be in full agreement with God’s leadership…

When you are offended with man, you are called to forgive. But when you are offended with God, you are called to trust.

Let go of that offense and TRUST. Surrender. And let Him wash away all the offense and anger and fear and depression. And enter into the “blessedness” of being unoffended with Jesus.

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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One Response to Will Shehee Challenges Our Offended Heart

  1. I am speechless . . . well, nearly. I’m also encouraged and challenged and inspired. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this call to trust the One who is truly worthy of our complete devotion – no matter what.

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