On April 29, 2012 my family and I stepped into uncharted waters as I was installed as President of New Brunswick Bible Institute.
Back in March the Board of Directors had asked me to consider taking on the monumental task of leading the school. I was honoured that they would consider me and yet overcome with a sense of inadequacy. Before I made the decision to accept the Board’s invitation, I asked for a couple of weeks to get alone with God and seek His direction. My holdup was a simple one; I felt woefully ill-equipped and overwhelmed at the challenge that was being placed before me. Did I have the wisdom and understanding necessary to lead this great school with such a rich heritage? The answer I came up with was No! But as I looked to God’s Word these verses spoke to that issue. “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;… Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding… When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:… Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding… Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble… Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.” Proverbs 2:3,5-6,10-11; 3:13,23; 4:5-6
I am committed to God’s wisdom and knowledge. Left to my own devices I have neither the resources, talent, nor wisdom to succeed. But God’s quiet assurance to my heart was that if I draw from the well of His understanding, if I drink from the streams of His wisdom then His wisdom and understanding become my wisdom and understanding. So with that calm assurance I step forward, by faith, believing in a God who has not failed me yet, confident in the wisdom and understanding He provides and keenly aware of my need for His power and presence in my life.
Post by Matthew Little, NBBI President
This post appears in the July/August 2012 Open Bible Bulletin. (Click for pdf version)