For twenty-two years, my annual assignment at Southwestern Seminary was to coordinate the training and placement of approximately 100 Seminary student, hope-to-be preachers into small churches located outside of the Bible-belt for the purpose of conducting spring-break revival meetings. The most difficult part was not the training of the students; it was knowing where to place them. So I fasted, prayed and read the Bible, sometimes for several days, waiting on God to give me a “Go” word, before making any assignments. I was not going to match student preacher and small church without the assurance that God was with me in the process. I’m not sure where in the Bible I started reading one year but I had made it all the way to III John and was beginning to wonder if God was going to give me my needed “Go” word. After all, only Jude and Revelation remained in the Bible. Then I read III John 5-6, “You do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren . . . if you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God.” With that “Go” word given, I proceeded to “send them forward on their journey.” Lesson learned and now passed on to you: Keep reading your Bible and praying. God is sometimes slow but never late.
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