If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. – Epictetus
What a great description of the examples the Bible gives us of people of faith. Noah built a large boat that he was going to collect some of every animal inside during a forthcoming flood. When will the flood happen? How will he get all of the animals inside? The Bible doesn’t say if he knew, but he steadily worked on it for 100 years. Moses leaves the sheep and family to rescue a million slaves from the most powerful nation of his world. Why do we give him a hard time for questioning God? Joshua takes over command after the highly successful Moses to conquer the Promised Land. For his first battle plan after crossing the Jordan was to circumcise every male. Let’s immobilize the army a stone’s throw from the enemy. Couldn’t this have been done in the safety of the desert?
These types of actions are not limited to the Old Testament. Jesus waits for Lazarus to die before going to check on him. Jesus also kept talking about his death when everyone wanted to crown him king. Is this the kind of life we are expected to live?
My prayer is that the way you live your life makes zero sense to unbelievers and encourages fellow Christians to step out in faith. – Francis Chan
For me this is more than some wise sounding words. I also try to follow them. We serve a God who tells us that His ways are not like our ways. Therefore our lifestyle cannot always make sense to natural thinking.
Over Christmas I felt that it was time for me to leave my job. I talked it over with my wife, and she asked great questions. “What will you do to bring in money?” “Can you stay with your company for some time until you can generate other income?” These are great questions. All I knew was I thought God saying it was time. Gratefully, the next day at church my wife felt that God confirmed this decision with her.
Now I feel like Abraham, leaving what I know to go somewhere that God will show me. Right now I don’t know what that is; I’m just trusting God will make it clear when I need to know.
Last week I gave my notice, and so, the adventure begins. I would appreciate your prayers as you think of me. For now, I’ll try to make a go at making an income at my own businesses. If you are interested in seeing what else I do besides this blog, check out my business website: shorterSEO.com.
Many blessings to you, and may this year be filled with circumstances that you see as confirmation of God’s love for you.
Kevin Shorter is the founder of this prayer-coach site and have served for several years in ministry and churches teaching on a variety of Biblical topics. Go to the contact page to request him to speak at your conferences and seminars.