The shepherds are senseless
and do not inquire of the LORD;
so they do not prosper. Jer 10:21
A church with a pastor who does not know how to really pray will soon become a country club!
Not just shepherds. No one who does not enquire of the Lord will prosper as he otherwise could have. Because he is firing on one cylinder, his own, not a billion, his own and God’s.
Remembering to enquire of the Lord is a learned skill. We only acquire it slowly.
It continually astonishes me how much I do without enquiring of the Lord. Which turns out to be suboptimal, sometimes wasted effort.
A recent example. Over Easter, in France, I heard the Lord suggest I take up blogging. On my return in mid-April, I did. My blogging proved relatively successful.
In less than three months, my blogs shot up the UK ranking charts.
However, instead of resting content with my God-given success, I decided to read up on blogging, and learnt that the A list of bloggers and blog rankings is Technorati top 100. And, without enquiring of the Lord, decided to get my blog or blogs there. How? Adding a post each day that my blog ranking on Technorati slipped by even 1. So yesterday, I wrote 10 posts on my three blogs, and did not work at all on writing my books which is my true calling.
Today, I realised that getting into the Technorati top 100 was not a calling God had given me. Writing my second and third book is.
So, I have decided to limit my posts, no more than four a day.
And leave the rankings to the Lord. He can get me into the top 100 if it is his will. As a gift, not as something I have sweated for.
The blogs are monetized, and earn something daily through Google adsense. They thus help to support my family. So I will increase postings if Google adsense income drops (and also work smarter rather than harder, learning some of the techie things to do with adsense, blogging and SEO that one needs to know for successful blogging). But I will leave rankings in the hands of the Lord.
A very good place indeed to leave anything and everything.