My father had a decision, climb the next career rung and become a supervisor or stay at the same level? Some decisions are not as simple as they first appear. The offer is appealing but it comes with costs.
For him those costs were time with family and a schedule that conflicted with other interests in his life, his commitments at church etc... He wrestled with the benefits of promotion and the uncertainty he had in his heart.
Ultimately he passed up the promotion after much prayer and consideration.
God honored that decision in my father’s life and it lead to several significant benefits that were previously unforeseen. His schedule opened up to have every weekend off and many other fantastic blessings.
In the long run he was very thankful for how God had guided him through that difficult decision.
In Genesis we read a story of Abram and Lot. Abram and Lot were together and both owned a lot of cattle and livestock. So much that they needed to separate because the land could not support both of them.
Abram, Lot’s uncle, let his nephew choose which side of the land he would like.
It reads in Genesis 13:10, “Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt.”
As time progressed Lot moved in to a city of people that did not honor God and were very wicked.
He ended up fleeing for his life and losing members of his family. He did not forsee where the path would lead when he looked at the lush green plain before him.
God is a good father and He always wants what is best for us. He looks down the road and sees the danger or blessing that lay ahead, but are we willing to listen?
If you are facing a similar decision today be encouraged to pray and ask God for wisdom and direction.
He has a way of working things together for good.