“But there are some things that you cannot be sure of. You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops.”Ecclesiastes 11:4
I’ll be the first to admit that I love to be in control of pretty much everything. I really do enjoy knowing what each and every step is going to be when setting out to do something. I like to feel as though I have the capability to start and stop whatever situation I am in at all times. For me the unknown can be very uncomfortable to flow into. Don’t get me wrong, I love change. Actually, I need it to function at my best. But I also have a need for dominance in most areas of my life. So learning to just go with the flow” is definitely not my motto. I’m more like a “who’s going to be there and what happens after?” kind of person. I like to know what I’m getting myself into long before I will even consider doing something. That can be a great thing, being cautious, aware and alert. But it can also cause stagnation, fear, doubt and complacency. Eventually, caution becomes an excuse to not move toward something for fear that it won’t be what you expect it to be. Let’s chat about how to Just Go With It.
Recently my husband and I ventured into a new career direction. It has been exciting but also challenging to let go of the feeling of security. Whenever we are led into something new it can be quite overwhelming to dive head first into the unknown. Unsure of the outcome we must take a leap, leaving all sense of certainty behind. There are times when God will ask you to take a risk in trusting him with what you do not know. It is at these times that our faith is truly tested. We must rely on the word of the Lord to carry us from what we once knew into what we have never experienced before. This can be frightening. Many thoughts may overtake us. What am I going to do if this doesn’t work out? How will I bounce back if I fall? Is God really asking me to do this? So what do we do when we don’t know what will happen after we take a step into something new? We read and trust the bible. God has gifted us with everything that we need in his word, let’s look at Ecclesiastes.
Boldly Face the Future
11 Do good wherever you go. After a while, the good you do will come back to you.
2 Invest what you have in several different things. You don’t know what bad things might happen on earth.
3 There are some things you can be sure of. If clouds are full of rain, they will pour water on the earth. If a tree falls—to the south or to the north—then it will stay where it falls.
4 But there are some things that you cannot be sure of. You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops.
5 You don’t know where the wind blows. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s womb. In the same way, you don’t know what God will do—and he makes everything happen.
6 So begin planting early in the morning, and don’t stop working until evening. You don’t know what might make you rich. Maybe everything you do will be successful.
7 It is good to be alive. It is nice to see the light from the sun. 8 You should enjoy every day of your life, no matter how long you live. But remember that you will die, and you will be dead much longer than you were alive. And after you are dead, you cannot do anything.
Serve God While You Are Young
9 So young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young. Be happy. Do whatever your heart leads you to do. Do whatever you want, but remember that God will judge you for everything you do. 10 Don’t let your anger control you, and don’t let your body lead you to sin. People do foolish things in the dawn of life while they are young.
The word of God is perfect in everyway. Even the titles of the chapters tell us exactly what we need to know. The bible tells us in the title of Ecclesiastes 11 to “boldly face the future”. If we want to know how to proceed in taking the first step into something new, we must do it boldly! In whatever we choose to do, our goal must be to do good. That is the first step. The next step is to invest in many things. The word says that we do not know what bad things will happen. It goes on to say that there are some things that we can be sure of and some that we cannot. There are times when we simply will not know how something will turn out. We can only take a chance to see the end result of that thing. Neither waiting for perfection nor fear of what will come should keep us from stepping forward. If we wait we will never achieve anything.
God is in full control and he makes everything happen. We do not know what he will allow us to be successful in doing. The next step is to start early in the morning planting our seeds and to end our work late in the evening, again we don’t know what God will prosper. We may even become rich and successful. But most of all we cannot do a thing after we are dead, therefore, we should do what we can and enjoy our lives while we are young.
Lastly, we are to remember not only to enjoy our lives but to be wise in all that we do. We are not to allow the foolish ways of our youth to entrap us in sin and to cause us to fall. In the end we will all be judged for what we do.
This scripture is so powerful. I love Ecclesiastes because it explains what we should and should not do so plainly. The principles in this scripture are enlightening to say the least. It shows us that there are times when we will just have to take a chance in life. We may not always know what is going to happen or be in control of our circumstances but we can rest assured that if we try, all will work out as it should. We know that because the bible tells us that God is in control and makes everything happen. It also tells us that “he works all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28. If we love God and are called for his purpose, if he plans all and makes all things happen and does this for our good, then we know we will do well in the steps that he asks us to take! He blesses what he has already planned for us to do. He asks us to trust him and to do it.
I pray that this discussion was a blessing to you. I hope that is helpful in showing you how to just go with what God is calling you into even when it does not make sense or look clear to you. I pray that you find comfort in knowing that God has your back. If he is in control of your walk you can never be led in the wrong direction. The next time you are facing uncertainty and are in doubt about taking a step forward, Just Go With It.
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