Chances Are

It could work out

Or it could not.

Does this have anything to do with choice or is it simply a matter of chance?

One decision or choice in life can bring about a very different outcome than what may have been hoped or planned for.

What are our chances of it coming together as it was planned to? What part do we really play in this?

If I was to make my choice based on what I ‘felt’ was the right thing, this should then bring a sense of peace and confirmation. Right?

But what about the times when this has been my chosen path, I have done what I felt was the right thing and yet the sense of longing for an outcome is still yet to be satisfied?

I find that continuing on a path or direction like this is a very draining experience.

Yes, it is the opportunity to allow my faith and discernment to grow, but it is also a very draining experience. It is at this point that I would greatly value the tangible evidence of a successful outcome.

Hearing the voice, knowing the right thing to do and then doing it are attributes to be admired. When I hear or read of this I am encouraged. Encouraged to keep on the path, to strengthen my faith and to hold on to the hope of what may come and allow my excitement for the arrival of a successful outcome to flourish.

I was encouraged to keep on this path through what I read the other day.

It was from reading about the faith and obedience of one man, and understanding that following what he ‘felt’ to be right was the reason that we today have been so blessed.

A man who, in this time, would have been strongly criticized for his actions and as a result was likely to have made decisions with little moral support. He was a man who displayed great maturity and wisdom. A man who was not easily swayed by what others thought of him or his choices and from what I read, nor was it important to him to have tangible evidence before proceeding.

I was encouraged by his unwavering faith and his simplistic yet wise understanding displayed in his willingness. I speak of a man named Joseph.

He married a woman who was already pregnant, not by another man, but by God!

He had an angel come and confirm this with him, and he then had instructions as to where he was to go, not once but several times. The reading states he not only believed what was confirmed, but he followed all instructions clearly.

A great example of obedience without yet knowing or understanding what the outcome would be.

Had Joseph not made the choice to obey, what would have been the outcome?

He followed instructions on where to live, how to live and when to live there. This was prophesied many years before, yet it was ultimately the willingness of a man chosen by God to make the choice.

Personally, I have had to make decisions of a similar nature. I guess this is why I have felt such a great connection with Joseph and felt encouraged by his willingness to do without knowing a result.

Joseph had a confidence that there was a purpose and plan, he was not privy to it, but this does not mean it did not exist.

Although I may not see the reasons or how it all comes together, this need not stop me from moving forward, making the right decisions and believing for a purposeful outcome.

Thank you Joseph and for all strong Godly men in my life.


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