Ephesians 5:15, Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
1 Kings 22:48, Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail—they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.
James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Everyone has a dream; however, most dreams never come true. It’s not that we are not smart enough, or outgoing enough, or even spiritual enough. Usually, our dreams don’t come true because we’re unwilling to take the necessary risks to reach them. The Bible shares a sad one-sentence commentary about a king who failed to achieve an important ambition in his life. It says in 1 Kings 22:48, “[King] Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go (looking) for gold, but they never set sail…” While it’s a tragedy for your ship to never come in, it’s a greater tragedy to build a ship and never set sail. Imagine the energy and money expended by King Jehoshaphat. He built an entire fleet of ships to go after the gold, but not one of them ever set sail.
Some people spend their whole lives waiting for their ships to come in, but God isn’t waiting for your ship to come in, He’s waiting for you to sail your ship out of the harbor. It would be worse to be dashed on the rocks than to waste away in the harbor. As you make your journey this week, seize the moment and set sail!
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
What did you hear?– What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
What do you think?– How does it apply to your life?
What will you do?– Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)
Now talk to God– This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.