I am learning a valuable life and leadership principle from God’s Word that can be summed up in 2 words: Who Knows. We find it in Esther 4:14 where Esther puts everything on the line to fulfill her lifework. It’s mentioned again in 2 Samuel 12 and in Joel 2 which indicates we don’t know what the Lord has planned through this particular occasion. Who Knows.
It has been my experience that the Lord brings us to “Who Knows” experiences in life because there are some things he wants us to know. There have been many times in my life I did not know what to do. 2 Chronicles 20:12 says, “We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. From that passage we find seven things we can do in preparation to fulfill our lifework.
- Seek The Lord
- Recall His faithfulness
- Admit Your limitation
- Position Yourself
- Expect Answers
- Watch God
- Move Forward
2 Corinthians 5:5 says, “God Himself has prepared us for this and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. Although we might not know where our present circumstances are leading or what the outcome will be, we can rest assured He Knows! So don’t quit when things don’t turn out the way you pray. “Don’t drag your feet in this! God has chosen you to take your place before him to serve…this is your life work; make sure you do it and do it well.” 2 Chronicles 29:3-11 (The Message)
Jeremiah reminds us of two important, yet contrasting attitudes we can have:
- My people would not listen to me. They kept on doing whatever they wanted following their own stubborn desires… they went backward instead of forward. Jeremiah 7:24
- “Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God”. Jeremiah 42:6
May we take the attitude of full obedience and “take courage to fulfill our duties”. 2 Chronicles 19:11b
But keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Fulfill the ministry God has given you. 2 Tim. 4:5
“Oh that we might know the Lord.”