On the way into school, we have been listening every morning to a portion of John Maxwell’s Running with the Giants audio CD.
In the audio CD, he is reading the book he wrote where he gives inspiration and encouragement from the lives of ten different Old Testament personalities. There are 10 chapters, and in each chapter, you imagine yourself running a different lap in a race while people in the stands watch. For each lap, a different great person from the Bible comes down to join you in running one lap, and they share words of encouragement as they run with you.
It has been wonderful to listen to these chapters. As I listen, I have been very encouraged as I go in to face my day with a bunch of little children, and I reflect on how God will help me and be with me. I did not agree with his take necessarily on his chapter on David. I would have to study it a little more to see if he was correct on all the details in that chapter or if he was just making an application that he wanted to make.
In some of my thoughtful Thursdays, I thought I would share some of the encouragement that he gave from the different characters in the Bible.
The first character that I took notes on was Moses. I have ordered the book (used) off of Amazon. You can find it here if you are interested in buying it as well (affiliate link).
From Moses’ life, we learn to:
Live in the Faith Zone, Not the Safe Zone
As we have left the job and church that we have been at for sixteen years and contemplate perhaps moving far away to the unknown, this chapter was very encouraging. We too have to live by faith — trusting that God will provide our needs, take us where He wants us to be, and that He knows best!
This chapter was written for “when you are fearful or reluctant.” In the lap, Moses talks about how he was reluctant or fearful to return to Egypt to lead the Jews out of Egypt, yet he heeded the call of God at the burning bush.
Here are some thoughts about Moses’ and what he overcame in his life:
- He overcame the uncertainties of his past. He was returning to the place where He had killed a man!
- He overcame the comforts of his present. He had a secure job taking care of sheep; his wife was close to her family; his children were safe. Now he was being called to leave all of that.
- He overcame the insecurity of his future. He leaned on God and answered God’s call to go.
I could relate to the last two points. Our life the past 16 years was very comfortable. I did not realize how comfortable it was until the past few months. God has provided wonderfully for us the past few months, but it has been tiring to work full-time and try to do what I need to do at home. Yet God is good and is with us and is leading! We need to live by faith.
Of course, insecurity about the future can be scary. To see how Moses went even though he did not know what the future held is encouraging! He knew God would be with him, and that was enough. Is it enough for me? Is it enough for you?
I loved this thought from the book. (I don’t know if every word is exact)
We do not naturally leave the safe zone — just because you don’t want to do something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. If you want to grow, you have to leave the safe zone.
I know that is true in my family’s life. This year is causing us to grow, to depend on God more, and to make us ready for whatever He has for us next.
The question is: Are we living by faith?
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