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Should I stay or should I go?

By Tom Horvath - Chairman, Berkeley Court Advisers - "But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you."Genesis 6:18

As I approach two successful decades of being in the corporate world, I am faced with a decision. Should I stay or should I go? These days, it is a decision that most people will face several times during their career.

In my personal situation, I feel led to leave what I have known—working for a company—and launch my own firm. I have prayed for doors to open, and they have opened. I have prayed for doors to close, and they have closed. Short of finding a letter from God dropped down from heaven (I’m still looking for it!), I’m typing my resignation letter this weekend.

I am thankful to have peace in this leap of faith that I am taking. My decision is not based on wanting more—more money, more power, more success—but on wanting more of God. I want to know Him more, trust Him more, love Him more and experience Him more in a powerful way.
I thought I was doing pretty well with all of this (and feeling pretty spiritual about it, too), but then reality hit. Yesterday, I was updating a friend about my impending decisions when my usually confident voice began to quiver and my dry eyes filled with tears.

I told my friend, “You know, I trust God completely with my life, but I don’t trust Him with my family. Personally, I will walk wherever He leads, but taking my family there is another matter. I still feel that I need to have everything figured out so that I can take care of them and protect them.”

When God spoke to Noah, Noah’s family was part of the message. As I read through the account, I discovered something interesting: In Genesis 6:18, God promised that He would establish a covenant with Noah, but it wasn’t until Genesis 9:9—after Noah’s obedience to build an ark, gather his family in the wooden boat, and spend 40 days and nights in the smelly thing—that God finally told Noah and his family what the covenant was.

Noah heard, Noah obeyed, and God blessed him. So who am I to want the order reversed?

Point to Ponder

What is it about God’s faithfulness that we don’t think is good enough for us?

Questions to Consider

1. In what areas of your life are you trying to figure out God’s promises before figuring out how to be obedient?
2. Is your walk of faith a solo journey, or do you let people walk with you?

3. How do you see God’s faithfulness in your life today? Are you striving to be obedient to His will in all things?

From Devotional Ventures, © 2007 by Corey CleekPublished by Regal Books. Used by permission. Allrights reserved.

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posted by Justin Forman | 9.28.2009 - 6:23 AM


Quitting your job is never an easy decision. Besides the financial aspect, there is always the loyalty factor for me.

Blogged about this here:
commented by Anonymous Red Letter Believers, 9:22 AM  

Great testimony ... but regarding Noah, it was even more challenging: He actually spent a little over 1 year in the "rescue boat", call that a Sabbatical. But then he had the chance of a fresh and brand-new beginning, with GOD and His family!
Isaac Katz
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3:32 PM  

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