“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” Luke 14:28, NLT
One day a man set out to build a boat. He had never taken on such a task and was excited about the new venture. He would name the boat after his late wife, Caroline, and it would be made of the best materials around. But before he built anything, he sat down at the table, drew out his pen and pad, and determined how much would be needed. He wasn’t rich by any means, but he didn’t let that discourage him. He knew all he needed was to count the cost, and God would provide. After much work and determination, he built Caroline and sailed out to sea.
So many of us are full of dreams and desires. We want to go here, go there, do this and that. Yet, we haven’t counted the cost, and if we have, we let the cost discourage us from moving forward into it. If you’re going to do anything for God, you must first sit down and determine what is required. Maybe it’s starting a women’s ministry, opening a small bookstore, taking on a project at work, or traveling thousands of miles to see your sister in another country. After you’ve determined that it is something God wants you to do, sit down and count the cost, and then trust God to provide.
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for your wisdom and grace. Help me to learn how to count the cost. Help me not be discouraged by the cost, but trust you to provide all that I need. Lead me by your wisdom and show me how to possess what you’ve put in me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Luke 14:27-29)