The saddest verse in the Bible...
You know that success in your life (whatever path you’re choosing) is SO totally possible ALONGSIDE also being rooted and grounded in God and making regular space for Him?
It’s funny, but sometimes it feels like you can only have one of the other, doesn’t it? A life on fire for the Lord but circumstances which leave you feeling less than. Or thriving in everything you’re doing EXCEPT your walk with the Lord.
Either of those scenarios sound familiar? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way!
You know there’s a verse in scripture which really gets to me whenever I think about it. It’s written at a point shortly after Joshua has died after all he had done for Israel and it’s people.
Just after what you’d think was a high point like this, this verse springs up…
“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)
Now here’s the thing, we can’t blame a generation who were none the wiser for not knowing God and all He’d done for them. But the responsibility DOES lie somewhere and in this case, that responsibility lay with those who had gone BEFORE this generation.
And it got me thinking…
It got me thinking about how easy it is to think that we’ve got everything ‘handled’ when we’re doing well, when we’re succeeding.
I guess that’s what it must have been like for Israel at that point, right? Well, I actually KNOW that it was. We only have to go a couple of verses further in the passage to see that…
“And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. They abandoned the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth.” (Judges 2:11-13)
Their lack of knowledge meant that they chose to ‘go it alone’ and do their own thing, which of course led to things spiralling out of control.
And THAT got me thinking…
About how as purpose-driven leaders and entrepreneurs, we can do the exact same thing sometimes. There’s a reason why people say that their wilderness seasons are when they feel closest to God. And of course, there’s beauty in that place, there’s strength in allowing God’s power to be made perfect in our weakness.
But weakness isn’t the only place we’re meant to want God.
He is the one who has led and guided us thus far, He is the one who has allowed the opportunities before us to open up and He is the one to whom we have everything to be thankful for.
Not only that of course…
Do we really feel that God, who can do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that we can ask, think and imagine has actually FINISHED with us? Of course not!
But in order to hear His voice, we must first seek His face. Which means, of course, making SPACE to do exactly that amidst everything else which so easily creeps in.
And that’s why I’ve created something for you. A FREE 5-day challenge which is all about you stepping out of struggle (whether that’s struggle with drifting away from God, not spending enough time with Him, or just your present circumstances which you’re finding really hard.)
We’re going to be looking at the life of Joseph. Joseph, who appeared to be doomed and yet was actually destined for HUGE things. Together we’ll be studying his story so that we can dive deeper into God’s word and at the same time, understand more about OUR personal stories so that we can start going towards what WE are truly destined for once again.
The world is waiting for your work. 💜
HEY! I’m Naomi, Business Coach for High-Level Female Entrepreneurs & Founder of Living Word League.
I coach, write, teach and run programs which infuse practical strategies with Biblical principles (which I personally think is the best rule of thumb for success.) I moved from a 7-year High School teaching career, to building and scaling my business after starting out as a hobby-status blogger in 2011. Within months, I was able to go totally full time and haven't looked back. My success, as someone who previously would have never seen myself as an entrepreneur means that I'm now beyond passionate about business being an expression of Kingdom-building here on earth. Hobby status and inconsistent feast to famine months aren't cutting it for you anymore right? You're meant for a business which has faith as your foundation AND soars with success. That's where I come in.
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