Today I'm reminded of King Saul, the first king of Israel. The people didn't want God to lead them directly, they wanted a king like everyone else, so God gave them Saul though it wasn't what God wanted for his people. Then when Saul lost favor with God for his disobedience, God sent a spirit to torment him. Meanwhile, God has a young shepherd boy named David anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next king of Israel.
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Sometimes in business, we find ourselves working with clients that just aren’t the right fit. Maybe they started off ok (read “sane”), but somewhere down the road they became a painful burden. I had a client like that before, and found myself sharing this wisdom with my design team:
God told Abram to go, to leave all that was comfortable and secure. He was told to leave his country, his people, and even his father’s household, and was not even told where he was going. God simply said to go to the land that he will show him.
God didn’t layout a 12-step plan or provide a Google map. He just said that he will show him which implies he will give directions as Abram went. Abram wouldn’t know the next step until he took the first step. All he know was that God promised to bless him and that was good enough.
This morning I found myself reading in the book of Esther, where I kind of stumbled on a sentence that spoke volumes about good leadership, or lack thereof. In verse 15 of chapter 3, it says, “The messengers scurried forth with the king’s order. The edict was issued in Susa the citadel. While the king and Haman sat down to drink, the city of Susa was in an uproar!” I’ve read the book of Esther a number of times, but this was the first time this almost small note jumped out to me.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, or at least that's how the saying goes. But sometimes we only think we're desperate. In the book of Genesis we find the story of twin brothers. One was a skilled hunter and the other was content working among the tents (and was apparently a good cook)! Let's peer inside the scriptures for a minute to look at their story.
This #CallingQualified devotional comes from the story of Gideon in Judges 16. If you ever feel too weak or small to do what God is calling you to do, be prepared to be encouraged.
Before Peter denied Christ three times, Jesus had already prayed for him in advance. Find encouragement in your trials and the covering of Christ!