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 ones 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.

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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