Absolute Folly

1 corinthians devotional

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV).

Do you ever struggle with believing what God says in the Bible? Sometimes I do.

The struggle is the hardest when I feel prompted by God to do something risky, or scary in some way. Most of the time the promptings of God come to me through my daily quiet time, as I read and ponder the Scriptures.

When you read the Bible, listen to sermons, or read devotionals like this, God may at times prompt you to do something that seems foolish, and sometimes the follow through may take time.

For example, nine months ago God spoke to me through my daily quiet time about being a prolific writer. It was through what many would consider to be a dry passage of Scripture in the book of Ezekiel. And in case you’re wondering, the words, “prolific writer” aren’t in the Bible. But it was clear. Oh so clear.

It was so clear that I created an “uber significant” section in my journal because I didn’t want my thoughts about it to get lost, surrounded by all my other quiet time entries. I was convinced God spoke to me, but I took a long time to obey.

In His graciousness, God continued to faithfully speak to me through the Scriptures about His calling on my life to write. I made note of the most significant ones in that same section of my journal.

Finally, together with my husband, I decided to do the unthinkable – walk away from secure, client work so I could write full time. While such drastic moves may not be necessary for everyone, it was necessary for me. Sticking with what was comfortable was keeping me from being obedient to what God had spoken to me about time and time again.

Here’s the deal. When God speaks to you, there will be times when you’ll resist because to obey would mean to do something that others may consider foolish. The great news is that if God is leading you in a particular direction, He will show you that time and time again. Make note of all of those little whispers of God. Keep them in a treasured place so you can read them again and again, especially in times of doubt.

Seek godly counsel and if you’re married, seek the advice of your spouse as well. If you’ve journaled about the Scriptures God used to speak to you, pull those sacred treasures out and share them with the godly person you’re confiding in.

I’ll admit that sharing such private thoughts with others is a scary thing. I had told my husband about how God spoke to me about being a prolific writer, but I hadn’t actually read him my journal entries until last night. As I shared them, he, too, could see that God was indeed leading me in this direction. This is a good thing since he will walk through some potentially lean financial months with me as a result of my obedience in this area. In this case, my obedience also becomes HIS obedience as he supports me in this calling.

The “foolishness” that God speaks to you may have nothing to do with money. It could be in any area of life. The key thing is to listen, make note of what He says, and when appropriate, get godly counsel. Then take the plunge, even if it’s scary.

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Praying the Word

Lord, I pray that you will help me to hear your voice clearly, and then give me the courage to take action on what I know beyond a doubt you’re telling me to do.

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Applying the Word

The wisdom of God may seem foolish to others, and scary to you. When it comes to really big decisions, get godly counsel and ask God for confirmation. Then dive deep into what He’s told you to do, and trust Him to catch you in His embrace, as you walk in obedience to His plan for your life.

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2 Comments

  • Dave

    October 29, 2015

    Excellent post! I love how you approached it

    • Rebecca Livermore

      October 29, 2015

      Thanks, Dave! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

      Rebecca