Do you want to get everything fixed or setup before you are willing to go or do? Do you want to get everything perfect and polished before doing or going? Is there something you are doing out of fear or as an excuse to keep you from completing or starting the work that God has planned for you? Which comes back to the old saying of “are you putting the cart before the horse“. As I looked for a reference to share with you on this another quote came up “shut the stable door when the steed is stolen“. They both mean similar things that we are doing it backwards. We don’t need to be perfect before we turn to God. We don’t need to be all buttoned up before we can serve. God loves us right where we are and loves us so much to that doesn’t want to leave us there. He wants to guide us and protect us. He wants to love us and lead us. So turn to God today and ask Him into your heart. Ask Him to help you and all those things that you think you wanted to do before, you now have help so ask Him to help you become all that He has created you to be. And let’s go and change the world!
by Os Hillman
“We live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Where does your hope come from? Where do you put your trust? Do you realize that what you do when you do it as unto the Lord is already doing ministry? Do you realize that you don’t have to do one or the other? Do you consider where you work a mission field? Why do you think God has put you there? Is it for the money? Is it for the relationships? Is it for the lessons? Is it to be an encouragement to others? Is it to be a light of hope? Is it to share His love and glory with others? Are you in a situation “cart before the horse” where you think you need to get so much done at work before you can serve God? We need to consider more about how God can use us than how we can use what we have rather than on how we can “manipulate and plan an outcome” as the later is not faith.
Imagine a life where the only job and the only company you have known since you left university or college God is prompting you to leave after 19 years. Imagine one morning reading as part of your devotional that Peter in faith stepped out of the boat and got to live the supernatural faith of getting to walk on water. Driving to work You ask God if He is asking you to get out of the boat and if the place you work is the boat to let you know which side to get out on. Imagine as you finish your prayer you hear your phone buzz, ring, make some noise and when you look you see you have a received a message that says “Get out of the boat“. Wow! What would you do? How would you get started? Would you get started? He didn’t say what side, just that you need to get out. In my case remembering the message I had before of how a car is easier to steer when it is moving started the process. I went home that night and updated my resume and then liking the new format updated my LinkedIn content. I then reached out to my friends who have moved to various companies and sent them notes that I was “considering a change” and wanted to learn more about where they were at. I looked for openings at their companies as well as through others that LinkedIn recommended. And the journey began. I knew God had helped me in the past by giving me a name during a hard decision process and how it saved me from going the wrong way and so I asked if He could give me a name this time and felt the still quiet voice whisper: “haven’t you been listening?” I had been reaching out to other believers to share my story and those who I have found impactful in my life (not mutually exclusive). So I tried to replay the names that came up and there were 2, but 1 seemed to be lining up with the timeline up until near the very end. When they wanted to bring me in for the in person interviews they asked for my availability so I gave them dates over 2 weeks. They asked for time the week after those 2. And guess what happened? During the 2 weeks they didn’t pick, the 2nd name showed up and I had interviews, I had an open house with the company, and God confirmed to me while driving home through songs on the radio as well as the ultimate confirmation of a rainbow that this was the one. Once I had accepted the offer the day I was going to give my 2 weeks notice God’s timing of what I should be reading was perfect again when I read Job 42:12:
12So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
That’s right on the very day that I was making the decision to change the 2nd half of my life after 19 years with the same company, God gives me the message which brings comfort and peace, encouragement and hope that the second half of my life is going to be even better than the first half. And as I pointed out to my friend over lunch twice as good. 🙂 When I showed him the text he challenged me as he read “So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.” But I got him to take a look at the numbers in the next sentence and then asked him to compare them with the numbers from the beginning (Job 1:3)– “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys.” To which he responded, your right it is twice as good. 🙂 God will bless us when we are obedient to Him. It may not always be financially, it may be with a great family, it may be with great relationships, it may be with good health, all of which are worth more than anything you can buy. God will meet all your needs, so put your hope and trust and faith in Him!
It wasn’t immediate what the outcome would be,
but God started working the moment I started stepping out.
So let’s put our horse (faith) in place first and then the cart (job, work, plans).
“God rarely allows His servant to see beyond the next faith step. However, those who are willing to take the first step and leave the outcome to Him see His works. ” – Os Hillman
“Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord…” – Psalm 107:23-24
Fearful to Fearless…
Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless], For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger]. – Proverbs 3:25-26 (AMP)
When you are caught off guard and become confused, never lose sight of the Lord who is our protector, let Him be your confidence.
Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan
Day 263 of 349
- Jeremiah 13
- Jeremiah 14
- Jeremiah 15
- Isaiah 15
I thank You Lord for this new day and for this incredible week of closure. May Your hope and Your light shine in and through me so that others may come to turn to You and ask You for guidance in what they are to do. Help people to seek first the kingdom of God and Your righteousness for it is in this way that all their needs will be met. Lord, grant me wisdom today for every conversation I will have. Help me I pray with every word, every thought, and every action I take so that You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.