Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

Hey, all. I pray that we all have a very happy New Year, not just tonight, but that this whole year of 2006 is overflowing in the favor of God. Personally, I believe that this year is going to be the start of great things that God has put inside of me. How about you?

I've been thinking today about Jonathan, the son of King Saul. In 1 Samuel 14, we see this man taking a step in faith, and doing a great work for God. Jonathan and just his armor-bearer took a step out and fought the Philistine army. Did Jonathan hear from God? The Bible only says this in verse 7:

Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few."

All Jonathan went on was that word, "perhaps". He had no direct word from heaven. He took a chance, and stepped out in faith, and God honored it. Jonathan was a risk taker for the Lord.

This is what I want to be. God has given me dreams and a vision. Now is the time to see it take shape. How about you? Perhaps it's now time to take that first step toward God's plan for you. Yes, it may seem too hard, even impossible. But remember, our Lord Jesus said that with God, nothing is impossible.

It is my prayer that this last post of mine in 2005 has encouraged you, and hopefully lit a fire under you to begin chasing that God-given dream. God bless you!


Henry Haney said...

This reminds me of a verse in Ecclesiastes:

11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

There are some who will never experience the wonderful adventures of God because they wait for every possible condition to be just perfect. Sometimes you just have to move out in faith and see what God will do (there are always exceptions of course and we should pray and fast for direction).

You have been a blessing in 2005 and I look forward to seeing and hearing what God will do in your life and ministry in 2006!

Neil said...

I love the second chapter of Ruth where it says that while she was in the field, it happened that Boaz saw her...the rest is history...God set her up to be seen by the one that had the ability to change her entire life. Isn't wonderful that God knows how to place us where He wants us, and all we have to do is as you say, "trust in the perhaps" and enter into what He has for us!

michigan preacher said...

Thanks for the input, brothers. I suppose I have a mix of both. While I am willing to step out in faith, another part of me says "let's not throw caution to the wind". But it's not enough to keep me from doing what I believe God has called me to do.