I was walking around a store with James and I was sharing with him everything that has been on my heart lately. I am facing a big decision and with that decision is some uncertainty. This decision will not only affect myself, but it will affect my entire family. It will affect my family in a positive way but there is a part of it that could potentially bring some difficulties. My brain kept going to those potential difficulties. James kept reaffirming me that if I continue to pray, God will guide me and tell me what to do.
While I kept sharing my concerns or worries, James turned and looked me right in the eye and said, “You need to start reading your own blog and take your own advice.”
I literally just stopped and started laughing. But, IT’S SO TRUE!
There are times in life where you are going to need to take your own advice.
I spend time encouraging others on the goodness of God and His promises found in scripture, I do need to take my own advice.
I know God can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. I get frustrated when I feel He is choosing not to. I don’t doubt God’s capabilities. I struggle when things don’t seem to be happening.
I watched a sermon of Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. He referenced one of my favorite stories in the Bible- Jericho. He shared how for 7 days the people had to march around the wall because God told them that on the final day, the walls will come down. For 6 days nothing happened. For 6 days not one rock fell. Not even a pebble. But, on the 7th day, everything crumbled.
For 6 days the people marched and did exactly what they were suppose to do. It doesn’t tell us this in scripture but, it is safe to assume that at least one of those men who marched, wondered if the wall was really going to fall on the 7th day.
The point Steven Furtick was trying to make is there are going to be certain seasons of life that will feel like the first 6 days of the men marching. You will feel like you are doing all that you can do and nothing is happening, as far as you can see. BUT, eventually the 7th day will come. Eventually, the walls will come down and eventually there will be a new march.
I have been in the 6 days of marching season for a whole lot longer then 6 days. During these 6 days of marching, there are times I wonder if I should be marching or sitting or whatever. I wonder if the 7th day will ever come.
James was right, I do need to take my own advice.
I know we all feel like we are in the 6 days of marching at different times in life. We all have been frustrated that we have to continue to march and wonder when are 7th day is coming. And it will, just like it did for Jericho.
I have to trust in that, because when I do make that big decision that will affect my whole family, I want to stand firm on that decision and walk in peace knowing God will not only be there on the 7th day, He is there on the 6 days prior.
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