Today’s Scripture: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Often when you are making decisions, it will seem you have run out of options. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve counseled pastors who are looking for property or a building to not get discouraged in the process. There is always that one more phone call you can make, that one more text you can send, and that one more person you can ask for advice. One church was looking for property, but the area they were in was expensive. Everything they found was too much money for them to even consider purchasing it.
Pastor Dan Reehoff sent letters to all the property owners in certain areas. He told them his purpose and that they had a church plant that needed inexpensive property. He didn’t hear anything back from any of those letters except one.
That letter said they had some property right along an expressway they would consider selling. It was 36 acres and in a great location. Another corporation had been wanting to buy it and the owners didn’t really want to sell. The pastor went to see the property. It was in a high visibility area; it was priced at a point they could consider and had many other factors that made it a perfect fit. Dayspring Baptist Church of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, was able to purchase this land. It was a miracle. Today, there is a beautiful building and a healthy church sitting on this land.
If Pastor Reehoff hadn’t been willing to keep beating the bushes to find that property, his church would still be without a building. Sometimes you have to keep asking, keep praying, and keep writing letters to see what God is going to do. Because you are trusting God to lead you doesn’t mean you don’t do anything. Try every available thing you can. Don’t rush. Make that last phone call. I can’t tell you how many times I found a better deal because I kept going.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder