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Opportunity and Success in unexpected places

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“Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.” Ecclesiastes 11:6 (NIV)

Solomon’s wisdom here tells us that the world is full of opportunity and success.  Right now, we may not know where “success” lies, but God is encouraging us to test the waters.  Try things out.  Look at opportunity through the lens of discovery.

What will succeed in your life?

What will be the thing that causes you to flourish?

What missing element will you find?

Are there different niches you need to explore within the industry you’re in?

The wisdom of Solomon here echoes what he said in Proverbs:

“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail”

Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)

Where you are headed may not be where you planned, but where you land is where God planned. Where God wants us to be many not be where we thought of going, but when you get there you see God’s hand.

Abraham didn’t plan to go to Canaan

Joseph didn’t plan to go to Egypt

Israel didn’t plan to go to Babylon

Paul planned to go to Rome many times, but didn’t get there until later, and then in prison.

I didn’t plan to go to Iowa, or Las Vegas, or….

Where didn’t you plan to go, that when you got there (location, career, etc) you could see God’s hand in it?

Use this time to look for and see God’s hand in your leading.  He may take you to some unexpected place doing some unexpected thing.



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God’s purpose for work

What is God’s view of and purpose for work?  (industry, commerce)

Simply put, God designed men and women to work.

Gen. 1:28 says, Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply.  Fill the earth and govern it.  Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” (NLT)

First, we need to understand that God created work before man fell into sin, not after.  Work is NOT a result of sin.  God designed us to work, to be productive, and to make things.

Also, we need to understand that to “be fruitful, and …fill” the earth is not just about having babies.  It’s about developing the culture.  It’s about crafting and creating; growing and going; making and manufacturing.

Each industry is the context in which we work.  Each domain is the kingdom in which we become productive, purposeful, useful, creative, and contribute.

Each industry is where we bring to the world our craft to sell and use, to buy and to wear, to design and to house, to manufacture and distribute, to prepare and to eat.

Each industry has a God given purpose in this world—the old world as well as The New world.

Each time there was some new setting, God called us to do what we were designed to do—work.*  When man left the Garden, God called (Gen. 3:23), when man stepped off the Ark, God called (Gen. 9:1), when the heart of Israel was dragged into a foreign country, God called (Jer. 29:7);  and in the New Testament age, in the midst of advancing God’s Kingdom, Paul encourages Christians to not forget about their original calling: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

Finally, and ultimately, our reason to work and to make and create and use things will finally have the holy sense of purpose God designed for it.  Everything we make and touch and use will be holy to the Lord:

“On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: Holy to the lord.  And the cooking pots in the Temple of the Lord will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar.  In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”  Zechariah 14:20, 21 (NLT)

So, for today and tomorrow, God is calling us to work, * to be industrious, and to commence with commerce, for His Glory!

*Please note this is NOT intended to be a political statement.  I am NOT advocating we open too soon, or that we ignore the danger that is out there.

John Elzinga is a speaker and author who has over forty years’ experience in leadership, culture building, customer service, and ministry.  You can contact him at or @JohnElzinga on Twitter or



A Devotional Video Called: Waiting for the New based on Isaiah 43:19 (NASV)


The Good News is that Jesus did what we could never do….

The reality of Christ coming and dying in the flesh!

It is about Him, not us.

It’s about  the fact that no wisdom can save us, no signs or wonders can elevate us, there is nothing—-nothing—-we can do, or achieve, or demonstrate, that can make us holy enough, deserving enough, to be saved.  Nothing can save us.

Only Christ come in real human flesh, dying in the ultimate way, in view for all to see, humiliated, Christ—-God Himself—-doing what we could never do, being what we can never be.  For those of us who will accept what we could never gain——receiving mercy and grace that we never deserved!”

© John Elzinga


As an amateur poet, I reflect upon how my emotions and my faith flutter during times of trial, and so I wrote this poem I call EACH TIME.  I hope it resonates with and encourages you. The words are below.


John Elzinga

John Elzinga

Each time I meet a trial
Each time I’m caught off guard
Each time I reach the bottom
Each time I wonder why?

Each time I feel alone
Each time that I am hurt
Each time the loss is great
Each time I wonder why?

But each time I know the answer
Yet each time I seem surprised
God is in control of all things
He will take care of things in time.

Each time my faith is weak
Each time I realize
God’s grace comes in His patience
As He comes to me each time.

He comes to me each time
To remind me that He cares
He comes to me each time
To tell me that He’s there.

And In the weakness of my faith
In the frailty of my trust
Although I don’t deserve it
He rescues me, each time.

So, don’t worry about your weakness
Or be scared about your doubt
Weak or strong, frail or not
God loves and rescues us, each time.


What would Noah Do?  A devotional on what Noah did after his very long quarantine on the ARK


This Devotional is based upon Psalm 143.  It is David’s prayer of desperation.  It reveals Faith in the Midst of Doubt

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Thank God I'm Not a Pharisee

Thank God I’m Not a Pharisee….or am I? Book 

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