Tag : change-2
Tag : change-2
God delights in giving His children favor but we have to ask for it since He is the originator of favor. Psalm 90:17 says, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (ESV)
I pray for God’s favor over almost everything I do, whether it’s favor over our family, favor over ministry, or favor over plans. I am already praying for a future written doctoral project where I am laying the groundwork. It will require open doors and God’s favor for this project to be realized.
What favor do you need in the New Year?
The Bible speaks about many who received His favor. Noah found favor (Genesis 6:8). Moses obtained favor (Exodus 33:17). Joseph received God’s favor (Genesis 39:4). Daniel was given favor (Daniel 1:9). Mary found favor (Luke 1:30). Even Jesus was the recipient of His Father’s favor (Luke 2:52).
And this same favor is available for us.
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord… (Proverbs 8:35).
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man (Proverbs 3:3-4).
Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor (Proverbs 3:34).
I believe God can also remove favor. It might be because we have slipped away from an intimate relationship with Him. Perhaps we have unconfessed sin. Or it could be because He is trying to move us to another place or position. When I begin to see a loss of favor, I pray, Lord, what are you telling me through this experience? Usually, he has another assignment for me, and because I am fiercely loyal, He has to shake things up so I will leave.
So will you seek God’s favor in 2023? His favor has a lifetime guarantee. All He asks is for us is to follow and worship Him.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime…” (Psalm 30:5).
Are you a planner? Because of a busy schedule, I make lists so I don’t forget anything, but what do we do when things don’t go as planned,—and it’s not our fault?
We record radio shows once a month and do interviews on Zoom. However, yesterday, our second interview was a no-show. His book was great. The topic was engaging, and I thought our audience would be drawn in. So I stared at the computer screen for about a half hour—waiting in anticipation—and contacted both him and his publicist, but he was unreachable. I held out hope that we would eventually get the interview recorded yesterday because it was already produced, but it did not happen. I was very disappointed.
When things don’t go according to the plan, how should we react?
As difficult as it may seem, we need to hold on loosely to our plans. If we put God in the center of day, there is a good reason why a scenario did not work out. James 4:14–16 says, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
When a project does not come to fruition, it forces us to reevaluate the original plan. We have to move back to center and give it to the Lord all over again. We also have to let go of the idea if it was never meant to be.
I am still hoping there was a good reason why our guest was unable to fulfill his commitment and that he or his publicist will eventually get back to me. If not, I have to trust that the interview was not a part of God’s plan and there will be someone God chooses to replace him.
What about you? When life does not go according to plan, will you trust God with the directional change?
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21, ESV).
Have you ever thought you were hearing God’s voice correctly, but then you realized you got it wrong?
Recently, an Executive Search firm reached out to me about applying for a media job with a large ministry in a Northeastern city. I wasn’t looking for full-time employment. I was happy leading Pearls of Promise, attending school, and taking care of my other volunteer jobs. This was a life “curve ball,” but the night before I received the invitation to apply, I had a dream. I was carrying a sick baby and a heavy purse on my shoulder when I encountered a major intersection. The purse and the baby, combined, were too heavy to carry so I had to make a decision. Do I lay down the purse at the intersection or do I lay down the baby? I ended up saving the baby. Purses represent your identity. Babies can signify a new ministry or a baby, literally. So in the dream I laid down my identity in order to move forward in a new ministry, or to simply save the baby.
I did not understand why the dream occurred until the next day when I received an email invitation to apply for this media management position for this well-established ministry. The ministry is a lobbying organization that stands for family values and one of the things it does is fight for legislation to save babies from being aborted. If I had not received the message, I probably would have said I was not interested and would not have considered such a move at this stage in my life. But I realized if I took this job, I would be helping to save the babies, like in the dream! That’s the first reason why I thought God was speaking.
There were additional signs. I had another dream pointing to a change. There were several messages about laying down my life to follow Jesus. One morning, the weather forecast for the home city of this ministry came up on my email rather than the forecast for my own city. God placed numerous people in my path who lived in that particular place. I was so convinced God was preparing me for this move, I turned in all the required paperwork, secured seven references and even started looking at homes, planning out the details of a transition in my mind.
But a couple of weeks after the start of the application process, I received a disappointing email from the Executive Search firm. The head of the firm said I had made it into the top ten candidates, but not the top five. I did not get the job. What? What was this exercise about? I wondered how I could misunderstand God’s voice in this way? Why did I believe he was directing me to this position when He wasn’t? I was ready to lay it all down—our POP ministry and school—for a new calling.
That’s when my husband, Jeff, said, “You didn’t miss the message. Abraham heard God’s voice correctly when he told him to sacrifice Isaac. He moved forward, out of obedience, but in the end, he didn’t have to kill Isaac. It was a test and I believe this was a test.”
So if this was a divine exam, I guess I passed. The LORD knows I am “all in” and willing to give it all up for Him, if He asks. Throughout this process, I made that promise to Him numerous times. After all of the repeat messages, I will admit I am still a little disappointed. I thought God was moving me to the “front lines.” My husband was open to the relocation, my adult children were supportive and like a chess game, I had planned out all my moves, but I choose to trust God with this end result.
What about you? What if God asked you to place your livelihood on the altar? Could you pass the test?