So many have failed by simply waiting too long, expecting conditions to become just right before they proceed. The old saying goes, “The harder he works, the luckier he gets!” Pure humble effort and work often is God’s means of training us and blessing us. We as people have been raised in an era of entitled living. We simply expect life to proceed in a certain way. We have watched too many movies that portray a fairy tale–of the princess simply stumbling into happy-ever-after.
The truth is that we must work hard, innovate, take chances and trust God with our lives. His plan is awesome, and his desire is to prepare us for the most amazing journey, imaginable. It is important to remember, however, he expects us to move forward and follow him. He never says to sit idle and allow him to just drop blessings from the sky. Israel marched through the desert for 40 years through all kinds of circumstances–that journey prepared them for their eventual reclamation of their home.
Similarly, God calls us to follow him–to move forward, work hard and allow him to affect the change in our lives. We can never grow complacent and quit; neither does he ask us to rush out ahead and do his part. Simply put–we need to be industrious, humble and grateful. As we journey in that manner, we will see his hand working in preparation for a full and meaningful life here and an eternal life at his side–enjoying the relationship with God that we were created to embrace.
God Bless You
Ship your grain across the sea;
after many days you may receive a return.
2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight;
you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 If clouds are full of water,
they pour rain on the earth.
Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where it falls, there it will lie.
4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.