He had a corporate position with Occidental Petroleum—and everything that came with it. But when God called him to walk away, he did.
"I left my career with no money of any kind, no stocks, no bonds, no savings, nothing ... no hospitalization, no insurance," Dr. Richard Booker tells Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of the Greenelines podcast on the Charisma Podcast Network. Just one thing compelled him to make a move that seemed so foolish in the world's eyes, he says: the weight of the glory of God.
A friend had invited him to a Bible study, and he bought a Bible for the first time, beginning his reading "where everybody starts—in Leviticus," he recalls. But he soon discovered the New Testament and, in a supernatural encounter that took place as he was reading Luke 24, the Lord revealed God's sovereign plan for his life.
"The Holy Spirit transported me onto that Emmaus Road in just one heaven second, and I was like a third disciple," Booker says. "And I heard everything that Jesus said to these two guys. And it was an immediate download of the whole Bible into me, and it exploded inside me like, bombs going off inside me. Just every book in the Bible—I was shown that it was a picture of Jesus, and how it was a picture of Him. And it was all about Him, and that just exploded inside."
The weight of God's glory was so intense that he hid under his desk, Booker says, adding that he was "hiding from God, begging Him not to show me anymore because ... I thought I would die. It was just too much for me. The power of the revealed Word of God just exploded inside me, and instantly, everything changed."
Booker says he got up at 4:45 the next morning to spend more time exploring the Bible—and not long after that, he left his career.
To find out how God proved faithful to the supernatural download Booker received, listen to the entire episode of Greenelines at this link, and subscribe to Greenelines for more inspiring stories like this one. Check out Booker's own podcast, Sounds of the Shofar, also on the Charisma Podcast Network, and find his latest book, The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread, wherever fine books are sold.
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