We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Costly Career Goals, Part 2

Recently we talked about building the foundation of our family first
before pursuing costly career goals. Today I would like to challenge us
all with the opposite thought. You see, sometimes we use our family as a
crutch not to move forward by faith. There are times when God calls us
to do something that may not appear to be in the best interest of our
family.

In Numbers 14, the children of Israel faced what many young couples face
today–relocation. God was moving Israel from their secure life in Egypt
(though enslaved!), to the wilderness. Note their first line of defense,
and reason why they shouldn’t have to relocate –“Our wives and our
little one’s will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go
back to Egypt?” The enticement of security is a cancer to faith and
often we as men will use our family as an excuse not to follow the
promptings of God.

Is God calling you to relocate? Is God calling you to do something
meaningful for His Kingdom but you’re just not sure if it will be best
for your family? How is one to know?

If you read further in Numbers 14 as well as Deuteronomy 1, you will
find the answer–“But my servant Caleb, because he has a different
spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which
he went, and his descendants shall possess it.” To know God’s will is to
know God! To follow Him fully…to pursue Him passionately. I love John
Piper’s thoughts on this: “That God is most glorified when we are most
satisfied in Him.”

Do you have a different spirit as did Caleb? Do not be afraid of the
wilderness. You may not be able to enjoy the leeks of Egypt on the
journey, but while others draw back thinking they are protecting their
family, you will reap an everlasting inheritance–for generations to
come.

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