In the Book of NEHEMIAH, Nehemiah sees the devastation of Jerusalem and grieves, but he doesn’t stop there, or doubt God’s goodness – he prays for it. Nehemiah goes from grief to action.
It sounds counter intuitive, but stepping out in faith means ignoring earthly wisdom. Being wise is certainly a good and godly trait (hello PROVERBS), but when God asks for faith, it probably won’t make conventional sense.
In life, there are many things that we are told to be and not to be. After reading Jeremiah 17 recently, I submit that being a shrub should be high on the list of things not to be in life.