Well friends, we’re half way through our Fall Back Into Faith study. We have covered faith and family and now we’re moving on to fortune. If faith is our foundation, and family is our cornerstone, fortune is essentially what we do. By fortune, I mean what we do to make money and what we do with our money.
So over the course of the next three weeks we will focus on three areas God instructs us: Do What God Has Called You/Gifted You To Do and Acknowledge It Comes From Him; Work Hard and In a Manner Reflecting Him; and, Be Generous With What God Has Given You.
Today is a hard topic for me to tackle. Sometimes we work at a job because it pays the bills but not because we feel “called” to work there. While we certainly should not work somewhere that God clearly does not want us to work, we also need to realize that we may have been placed in the position we are in because God has a very specific purpose for us to impact the lives of those we encounter.
Pray about where you need to be, where God is calling you, but simultaneously pray over where you are today. The steps you take and the paths you cross are ordained by God to do a work for His kingdom. You can be a positive force where you sit today. I constantly catch myself trying to figure out what my life, and my family’s life, will look like two, five, ten years from now. I make these plans and forget to include God.
If you are a planner, you may be able to identify. What if instead of looking ten years out we did this: (1) pray that God would direct our paths today and in the days to come so that we could follow where He leads, and then (2) look at the next ten HOURS instead. What does God have for me today? How can I be a blessing? How can I work to best reflect HIM?
We are told from the beginning to the end of the Bible that God has prepared us to do good work and he will establish the work of our hands, but we must at all times acknowledge that it is He at work in us. Ephesians 2 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” and Jeremiah 29 shares, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you…’”
My prayer for me, and for you, today is that of David’s in Psalm 90: