Yesterday I became aware that the auto parts company I work for had software developer jobs open. Though God has been miraculously providing, my wife and I have been struggling and just barely getting a foot over the line. All it would take is two or three missed days of work for us to be plunged into a stressful situation. But, I know God doesn’t want us to be in stress and that he wishes only to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11). And as obedient tithers, He rebukes the devourer for our sakes (Malachi 3:10-12). But, the key is obedience, for as the LORD declared in 1 Samuel 15:22 “Obedience is better than sacrifice …”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
So, this morning I went online and checked out the software and IT jobs with my company and it turns out they have a high demand for Java. For a moment, I almost gave up. For I said to myself in despair “I don’t know JAVA.”
Then all of a sudden an urge to drop to my knees in prayer came upon me and I prayed to the Father for guidance. I said “Father, I don’t know Java.” He replied calmly “That’s not true.” Then I thought about it and realized He was right. “I DO know Java!” I replied, “just not to the degree I think they probably expect. They probably want somebody who knows object-oriented Java.” The Lord responded softly “What can you do about it? Do you have any courses stored offline on Java? Any courses on object-oriented Java? Can you watch some YouTube tutorials?”
“Yes!” I replied. “Can you start learning Java now?” Again, “Yes!” was my reply.
Then the Lord/Father said “Start learning Java today and begin writing about what you learn as a blog series.”
Then I declared “I will obey and start learning Java and begin blogging about it right now!”
Thus, in obedience, this is episode one of, and an introduction to my new blog series, “Learning Object-Oriented Java”. I pray that it blesses you!
This is the first course I am trying out: