So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. (Hos. 1:3)
As my wife and I were settling into married life, we lived close to both our families, and we had jobs that we not only loved but felt called to. But eleven months in, an unexpected conversation created a cloud of uncertainty. I was offered a position almost 500 miles away—far away from people we were doing life and ministry with, our families, and the only part of the world we had ever known. We were called away from the familiar to a place we knew nothing about and where we knew no one. After much prayer and wise counsel, we said yes, but not necessarily to the job—we said yes to Jesus.
At times, plans that seem like great next steps can be frightening, because there’s no way to truly know what’s on the other side. That fear can easily cause entropy and keep us from making the right choice. Imagine if we were to change our thinking. Imagine our hearts being transformed so that our default answer to Jesus was always yes—even when things were uncertain or difficult.
This change to saying yes to Jesus does not mean that choices will become easier or that there won’t be difficult seasons. It’s more about having the faith that no matter where God leads, it’s for his glory and our good.
Say yes to the Father, and then trust him with what comes next.
Matt Rhodes is co-lead pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He is passionate about seeing people discover and live out the unique call that God has placed on their life.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.