My Faith Update
I still have it…so that’s good.
No, I’m really writing this because I haven’t shared in a while where I am about stepping out in faith regarding my job. For those who don’t know, my wife and I have felt for a while that it was time for me to be full-time devoted to ministry again. This job I’ve had for the last couple of years hasÂ probablyÂ been the best of my life. I love the work and I love the people, but I know what God is saying.
Last week I laid the groundwork for leaving my position after the first of the year. Â Scary, for sure; but I’m very excited at these next steps.
Along the way, I had some pretty good ideas for replacing my income that I thought were real firecrackers (insert the sound of God’s laughter). Â None of that has really come together for various reasons not least of which has been a lack of time. Between full-time work, full-time pastoring, and full-time family–it’s been a stretch.
That leads me to the question: if things aren’t lining up the way I thought they would, does that mean I’m not hearing God?
The enemy would love for me to think that, but I’m one of His sheep and I do know His voice. Though my plans haven’t worked out, there have been other hints at God’s provision.
- Someone sent me a letter a month or two ago that encouraged me so much. Besides that, there was a good sum of money in it. God just showed me a taste of what He’s able to do.
- Recently at the conference I attended in Oklahoma, someone from a church I had ministered in a year ago came and replaced an offering check that I had lost. I had counted it as gone, but God had another idea.
- We have an oil heater in there that hasn’t worked since we moved in almost a year ago. We kept meaning to get it fixed and my wife and I had talked about calling the repairman, who to call, etc. because we were starting to get mold with all the moisture. A couple weeks ago I went to our garage to find something, and I was shocked to feel heat blowing from it. I asked my wife if she had called someone–nope. I asked several people who would have the knowledge and access necessary if they came by–nope. After all that, I declared it a miracle of God’s provision.
I share that to build your faith and mine. Obviously these are smaller things, but if I thank Him and rejoice in these, I put myself in line to see the bigger things. Â My getting this current job was a miracle of God’s provision right when we needed it (that’s another story). If I trusted Him to guide me here, I have to trust Him to guide me to the next season.
If God can lead Elijah to a brook where ravens feed him during a drought, He can lead us however He wants to (although all the brooks around here right now are frozen). His ability to provide is not limited by my understanding.
Now faith is theÂ assurance of thingsÂ hoped for, the conviction ofÂ things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1
I don’t know whether you believe God can or does do all this or not. What I know is that He has spoken. What I know is that I have testimonies of great provision. What I know is that God is faithful.
Like I said, I’m encouraging me today and hopefully, encouraging you. Whatever God has put on your heart to do, you can trust Him with it, your life, your family, and everything else.
Is God leading you to step out in faith (in any area)? What’s the latest miracle you’ve seen?