Oftentimes, I have had a question about God’s plan for me and wished desperately that I could flip open the Bible and find the very specific answer to my very specific question.
Me: Should I quit my job so that I can focus on women’s ministry and speaking out Your Word? And, if so, when would be the best time for me to do that?
The answer I’d love from the Bible: Jen Ferguson, you should quit your job and you should leave July 31st.
Unfortunately, my first name is not even in the Bible, so this is never going to happen. But, perhaps if I examine my question closely and break it down, I could still find answers in His Word. For example:
Me: Will You provide for me if I step away from this job and the income that it brings in?
God: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Matthew 6: 25-27
The amazing thing about reading and knowing scripture is that it teaches us about God’s character. The more confirmation that we can store up inside our hearts and minds about His goodness and intentions for us, the more we will be able to discern whether or not it’s God’s voice that we are hearing.
Challenge: What are some of the specific questions that you have been asking God lately? Now, back up from those questions for a minute. Do any of them have to do with greater issues such as self-worth, love, worry, fear, forgiveness, etc.? Perhaps sit down with your Bible, flip to the back to the concordance, and look up what God has to say about whatever the greater issue is. (Note: It can be dangerous and not always fruitful to take one sentence out of the Bible at a time. Think about reading more passages around the specific verse so that you get a general gist of what the author is saying and to whom he is saying it.)
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