Overseer Letter, by Jayson Steinkopf Overseers@NRF.Life Good Times and Bad
And we know to make His plans our plans from Proverbs. Proverbs 6:1-3 :
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” Ecclesiastes 7:14 The legend of Sai Weng goes something like this: When Sai lost one of his prized horses, his neighbor expressed sorrow for his loss. But Sai was less concerned and said, “Who knows- this may be a good thing for me.” Surprisingly, the lost horse returned with another horse. The neighbor congratulated him, but Sai said, “Who knows - this may be a bad thing for me.” His son broke his leg when he rode on the new horse. This seemed unfortunate, until the army arrived at the village to recruit able-bodied men to fight in the war. Because of the son’s injury, he wasn’t recruited, and likely saved him from death. One of the key lessons we can take from this last year is to trust in God in good times and bad. We know that intellectually, but most of us have never seen the kind of rapid changes like we have since the pandemic began. A big part of my job is forecasting (mostly financials)…and I’ve been more wrong than ever recently (statistically: way, way more wrong…in both directions…it’s rather humbling, praise God). For many of us, the uncertainty of the past year has caused anxiety beyond what God calls us to and beyond what He wants for us.
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. And James carries it one step further…not just to align our will to His and to make His plans ours, but to turn them into action. James 4:13-17 : Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. Let us look forward and move forward - no matter the political, economic, or personal situation - with faith and trust in our Lord. • May we view our circumstances through His eyes - and not be discouraged nor overconfident in ourselves or our plans • May we commit our efforts to His plans, not our own, and • May the lessons in faith and flexibility form the past year spur us to action and Make a Difference for Jesus in this world.
I believe God has been teaching us in this time to be flexible and to rely on Him. We know to trust in God’s plans from Jeremiah 29:11 : For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
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