Proverbs 3:5-7 GNT Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.
Sometimes as life goes on, we get into a vicious cycle, just like the Israelites did. When the Israelites entered the promised land after 40 years of wondering through the desert; could you imagine, their hope, as they spent time wondering around? Would it have been any different if they would have fully trusted God, instead of complaining? How about when they were in captivity in Assyria or Babylon; did they loose hope? Did they gripe and complain about their circumstances, or did they seek God first instead of by happenstance?
When Kenneth and I first got married, we trusted God. With our salvation, yes; with our pocketbook, no! When his parents passed away, we decided to buy his sisters out for the home place. Did we trust God that those were His plans for us? No, instead, we bought it, got into some financial trouble and had to sell our 11 acres that was across the street. Fast forward 8 years- we decided to get in the “cow business”. Did we seek God? Not really until we changed churches.
At Crane Eater, we learned to be fully dependent on God, for our livelihood, our pocketbook, and any decisions that needed to be made. We tried doing it our way, hoping that was what God had planned for us, and it did not work. We were hoping that He would bless us; even though, we kept Him on the backburner. Not anymore!
When we decided to get in the cow business, we started with buying baby calves, bottle feeding them, taking them to the sell and coming home with a check. It did not really work for us, no money being made. We were going to give up hope of having a cow business, then I made a suggestion of selling by the cuts. That started to work for us. Fast forward four more years, our business has grown and we are looking to expand our farm, so Kenneth started looking for land and farms to move our operation. Kenneth found several places, went to get financing, never heard anything. Just hoping, God would help. Several months pass, no word on financing. Kenneth starts losing hope and tries to go to another financial institution for funding. They don’t give out pre-approval letters like we need. That didn’t help our situation.
Kenneth begins to lose more hope, he starts to question God, “what do you want me to do?” We find land, we think it is going to meet our needs, get our pre-approval letter and we think we are moving forward. But then something happens, Kenneth realizes that we are putting the cart before the horse. We try to find the land or the farm and hope it is what God wants; instead of asking God, show us where you want us to go. With that being said, our hope is resurrected, and we need to depend on God to show the path He wants us to take; instead of, asking God to bless the road we already took.
In closing, have you ever wanted something so badly that you almost gave up hope of ever having it? Well don’t give up, we must rely on God to show us the way. He never said it would be easy, just like Paul said in Romans 5:3-4, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that sufferings produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
6 Comments on this post:
Yes we have come too far to turn back now and we have more to look forward to in Jesus Holy Name
Somehow He always makes a way. Leaning on the knowledge that His plan is perfect is what He wants. Your testimony will encourage many
Wonderful watching you and Kenneth grow in the LORD!!!! Great devotion!!!
Amen. I’ve learned by putting God first, it makes life so much easier and my hopes and desires may not come as I expected them to come or even when I wanted them to come;however, they come when I least expect them to come.
Praise God for those who listen to the directions of the Lord!! Our hope is not in those things God allows us to have, but in God himself!! Amen and blessings on you and Kenneth God will see you through!!
God first. Acknowledge Him, ask His opinion. Works every time. Thank you.