Access to Jesus
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2, ESV
Over the past year or two, I found myself praying the same prayer over and over: “Jesus, what should I do?” My husband’s real-estate career was hitting some major bumps because of the economy. I wondered if, instead of writing books and doing freelance editing, I should venture into the corporate world—that mysterious place where writing was called “communications” and jobs came with that magical extra, “benefits.”
For a few months I applied for jobs I didn’t really want, hoping that somehow my husband’s career would turn around, or that he’d find another job. I wondered how my working long hours in a corporate job would impact my kids, who still need me. I wondered, What is the best thing to do? Which way should I go?
Gradually, it dawned on me: I have access to Jesus, Who has wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge. Rather than complain to Him about my situation, I needed to seek out that wisdom and counsel, which He’d made available to me. Jesus not only understood, but also had wise counsel to offer me.
When I prayed and asked Jesus to speak to me, and then got quiet enough to listen, He led me away from my search for a corporate job, at least for now. I continue to write books and edit, but He also provided two part-time jobs with very small companies, where I use my creativity and skills and have incredibly flexible hours. I’m working hard and helping to provide for my family in a way that fits who I am.
FAITH STEP: What situation are you facing today for which you need wisdom, counsel and knowledge? The Bible says Jesus has all those things. Today, ask for His help, and then listen and trust.
Contributed by Keri Wyatt Kent