A missionary society in South Africa wrote to the legendary Scottish missionary David Livingstone, who blazed trails in Africa for over thirty years. The letter read:
Have you found a good road to where you are? If not, we want to know how to send other men to join you.
The reply Livingstone sent back was classic Livingstone. It read:
I don’t know what you mean by asking about ‘other men’ joining me when none have come as yet. If you have men who will only come if they know there’s a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come even if there is no road.
I once heard a preacher say, “The test of a man is what it takes to stop him.” The strongest man of God might be injured by Satanic opposition, as Job was. He might be wronged by others, as Paul was. He might become discouraged in the work, as Moses and Elijah did. He might temporarily succumb to sin, as Noah and David did. He might even lose his way for a while, as Peter did. But such a man will never be truly stopped. At some point he’ll right himself and get back on with his purest ambition in life, serving his Lord.
Christian, perhaps you are reading this right now and you are currently experiencing some difficulty in serving the Lord. Maybe you are to blame for the difficulty, or maybe someone else is, but either way the result is that your service has been slowed down considerably. If this describes you, let me encourage you to start afresh and anew right where you are and get back to your purest ambition. If your sin is the problem, confess it and repent of it. If the actions of others is the problem, seek God’s wisdom for how to deal with the situation. The point is, whatever it takes to get you moving forward again, do it! Keep in mind that God doesn’t have an abundance of workers to build His roads.