Thursday, August 21, 2014

By Faith...

This morning in chapel here at Southeastern Seminary, Dr. Thomas White, president of Cedarville University preached for us. He preached from Hebrews 11, specifically lingering around v. 23 but I'm going to quote 23-28 here for you:
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. (Hebrews 11:23-28, ESV)
His message really hit home to me in several ways. I sat there thinking about how happy I was just to be here. I wake up every single day just happy to be HERE. I know the Lord put me HERE at Southeastern for a reason. All I could think about for the 9 months or so leading up to coming here was being HERE at Southeastern.

By faith I asked my job if I could work remotely. By faith I packed up some stuff in my car and drove here. By faith I'm living in a half of a room in the basement of an old house, sleeping on what amounts to a little more than a cot every night rather than in my own home I'm still paying for, sleeping on my nice new mattress that I'm still paying for. I'm getting up at 6AM and juggling work responsibilities, school responsibilities and still maintaing some personal time for my sanity. I'm doing this all by faith that God has big plans for me.

Not unlike Moses, I had a perfectly good life back home. I have a good job, I make enough money to meet my financial obligations and still shove some away for a rainy day most of the time. Although I love my company and I know that they are supportive of me, I took a risk asking to come up here and work remotely, and I'm still praying that it will work out for a more long term situation. I don't want this to end. I'm doing all of this with absolute and pure joy. I have never been happier or more at peace with myself as I have been since I arrived at this campus.

I know that God has plans for me. I have put all of my trust in King Jesus to support me and give me the strength, grit and determination I need to get this done. I know he will. I have faith in what God has revealed to me through the Bible about Jesus, and I know that I will accomplish my goal here.

I still get down on my knees every single day and thank God that I am HERE at Southeastern.

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