What shall I do next?
Proverbs 3: 1-8 My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. (New Living Translation)
I have just three weeks of work as CEO of Bible Society and then we move to Western Australia from New Zealand, our home for the past 6 years. My plan is to finish my doctorate in business (looking at how organisations change) while doing some consulting to a couple of charities. This should take me up to September, beyond that is a matter of discussion with God! I have been approached about a number of roles and over the next day I am planning to take some time out to reflect on them and seek after God’s will. And then I read this stunning passage from Proverbs where God clearly reveals what I need to do to discover ‘which path to take’.
The first is to ‘Store my commands in your heart’ which is about reading the Word and retaining the Word. Like making sure there is plenty of food in the house for when I need to cook, I also need to make sure there is plenty of spiritual food in me for when I need answers and direction. My decision to immerse, to surround myself in the Word sees me regularly exposed to the Bible and much of it thankfully is sticking with me. How? I don’t rush it, it is every day, I think about the verse throughout the day, and I connect it with my life. This way I am writing them deep within my heart.
The second way I can discover which path to take is to ‘Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!’ Which refers to Lamentations 3:22: ‘The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.’ As I pray and reflect on where God wants me, I should never forget that God loves me deeply and His love is never ending. And through this reality I need to Trust in the Lord with all my heart. I have complete trust that God is in charge!
The third way is to not depend on my own understanding or be impressed with my own wisdom. Ok that is seriously challenging. One position I have been approached about is so way out of my league, and yet several people are encouraging me to consider it. I feel inadequate and incapable of the role, something I shared with some close friends recently, seeking prayer from them for it. As well as pray they told me that if God wanted me to do this role, how I felt about it was really not that important. I was floored! But they are right, so often I rely on what I think I can do, and yet if it is from God, He will equip me.
The forth way I can discover which path to take is to Seek his will in all I do, to yearn to serve the Lord and not allow myself to be distracted with sin. To fear the Lord and turn away from evil. So my day of reflection will be filled with prayer, with reading the Word, and in the midst of all of this, I will trust that God is with me and is in charge!
I invite your prayers for me – it is exciting to see what God has planned!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The Portion for next two days is: Romans Chapters 11-12 and Genesis 24-27
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