Well, it has been quite the summer! I have not written a post for a while just for a few reasons, but now I’m back…and have much summer content to add in randomly as the winter approaches. But for now, the exciting news! I have accepted a new career position with Minnesota Soybean and have jumped in head first over the last month it seems!
There are many times in life it seems I have traveled down challenging and testing roads. My faith, trust and obedience to the Lord feels like it is on the line. I am excited to say I have been blessed with a position that allows me to talk farmer most days!
So, this post is just a short note to remind you to have faith in the Lord and His plan for you. It’s not about our own plan, it’s about His plan! So have faith and be obedient to His calling, no matter what path you may seem to head down.
Abraham is a great example of a man of faith. In Genesis 22:1-19, Abraham follows the Lord’s instructions to sacrifice his own son. The Lord had told Abraham that he would be blessed as the father of many nations, and he trusted that the Lord’s promise was true in all things. To give something that he loved so much to the Lord, in obedience, takes tremendous faith and trust. And that is just one example of many of how Abraham exhibited great faith.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” -Hebrews 11:8-10
It is a costly thing to give your life to the Lord. We are called to sacrifice our lives to the Lord and reasoning without faith will not make sense of that calling. Even something as simple as being jobless can be trying and testing. It is sometimes hard not to lose hope and faith in the Lord and His plan. But, all summer He kept reminding me that He is here for me and has a plan. And I need to continually remember it is ultimately about Jesus, not about my own pleasure and comfort. And knowing that, I kept seeking Him for help, comfort and direction. I can have my own hopes and dreams so often, but my reward from Him is greater than my own personal hopes and aspirations.
So next time a faith challenging situation prevents itself in your life, remember Abraham and how he exhibited his faith through trying times. (And he is only one of many examples.)
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” -Hebrews 11:6