‘This is what the Lord says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow'”– Isaiah 48:17
Last week my mind clouded with questions about my career.
Me: Should I get a Master’s in Human Resource Management?
Me: I think God wants me to move all the way to Kentucky and attend seminary. Maybe I’ll meet future husband there.
Me: The Human Resource Master’s program seems promising. After graduating, they place you in a full -time job. I could attend for two years and work a part-time job to pay off my car and bills.
Me: I think that’s what you want, Lord. It seems like the best plan.
My thoughts were all about me last week. My prayers went something like, “Hi God, I am planning to go back to school. I’m having trouble deciding which school and career to pursue. Can you help a sista out? I think you’re asking me to stop serving in church ministry and go to school full time. After I graduate, I can get a full-time job and get a manager’s position in a fortune 500 company and touch their lives with the gospel.”
My friend, don’t judge me. I was head over heels about planning my career and which path to take. I thought my plans were leading me to where God wants me best.
A few days ago, my congregation threw a Vintage Tea Party. The theme was Women After God’s Heart. The invited speaker and dear friend brushed on a few topics that drew me in like an action movie.
The Lord spoke loudly to me. I was:
- Lacking contentment
- Misplacing my priorities and gifts to serve myself instead of serving His kingdom
- Trusting in my own wisdom
My heart and mind isn’t content because I want more. The world says I need more stuff, but God asks, “Am I not enough for you?” Instead of filling our houses with TVs and istuff (more distractions), choose to fill your house with God’s word. Allow God to mold your heart to a content heart. Because when we are content with what we have, we don’t chase after the wind, instead we chase our purpose in life. After all, contentment is great gain.
I searched desperately for a better job or school hoping God will give the green light that I forgot to plan a kids Sunday school lesson. I was too busy planning my future. The kids can learn about Jesus next week.
Ugh, I was out of control. I wanted to know and plan everything just like my life is supposed to go. But God called me to serve where I am.
The best time to serve God is now.
God’s Word says, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”- 1 Corinthians 3:19
Remember how I said God spoke loudly to me at the vintage party? The speaker shared how a PhD, doctorate or Masters will never grant you the wisdom your heart desires. Pure wisdom comes from above. The wisdom from this world and culture is foolishness. I felt like I betrayed God by trusting myself. I stopped believing His word and trusting He has purpose for where I am right now.
God’s Word promises wisdom to His children in the Amplified version: If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him- James 1:5
I’m praying for wisdom, friends. Won’t you pray with me? This is a season of teaching. Are you caught at a crossroads? Leave a comment. I would like to pray with you.
God’s Promise: “Seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart”- Jeremiah 29:13