Faith For What's in Front of You
Over the past several weeks our Q|C staff has gotten together to dream, prepare, and pray for what God has for us in the year 2020. Yeah, we're almost in the year 2020, so weird. In our prepping, planning, and praying we've: Set a yearly budget; developed Sermon Series for what will be taught on Sundays; set 5 year from now goals; set next year goals. While so much of that is extremely exciting, it also comes with a ton of worry and anxiety wondering how all this is going to happen. I know we're not supposed to worry or have anxiety, but we're humans and it happens. But what we've tried doing during this time is turn our Worry into Worship and asked God to provide the Faith for what's in front of us.
Transitions can be difficult because often times we're transitioning to what we can't see. As we get ready to transition into the next year, we can do all the planning we want, but if it's not covered in prayer, there's no point. In thinking about transitions, God reminded me of the story of Joshua. I went back and read the opening chapter of Joshua. I'll challenge you to do the same. Pause from reading this blog and go read Joshua 1.
Here are a couple of things that stood out to me:
A Time of Transition
Moses is dead. The great leader that helped rescue the Israelites from 400 years of slavery, the one that led them through the parting of the Red Sea, and the one that was taking them to the Promise Land, is now gone. Now God called Joshua to step up and now be the one to lead the Israelites. It's a time of transition. For the Israelites, a transition of leaders from Moses to Joshua. For Joshua, a transition of follower to leader. Whats beautiful about this passage is that God had promised His people about the Promise Land. Yet even though there was a time of transition, God still delivered on His promise. Your role may be to get the people close or to get the people there, just focus on your role! God delivers on His promises even if He uses different people.
We Go Forward by Reflecting on God's Faithfulness
As you read Joshua 1, it very much seems like Joshua was NOT ready for this! Multiple times God told Joshua the same phrase, "be strong and courageous." Maybe because Joshua was weak and scared in this new role God was calling him to! Which, lets be real, we all would probably feel the same way! But throughout this time, God did two things: He gave Joshua promises. He reminded Joshua of His faithfulness. God then gave Joshua a very specific task to go after: Meditate on the Book of the Law, day and night.
When we spend time in God's Word, God will continue to show us the next step because its His Word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105).
As I spent time prepping and praying for 2020, I've been thinking, "God how are we going to do this?" In those moments I felt like God was telling me, "Look at where I've taken you." It's been so good to look back and see God's faithfulness throughout the journey and God's call on our lives is simply to be faithful. I truly believe that the task that you faithfully do today prepares you for what God has for you tomorrow.
God has big plans for you in 2020. As you go forward, be faithful for what God has in front of you and know that He is with you wherever you go.
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