On The Word
-- by Marcia
What Do you Do
We all want to hear the word "Go" from God, not wait or stop.
We can look at a stoplight and picture the different colors going off
when we hear from God. Usually we don't want to see the yellow
signal come on, meaning to yield or wait. That just means we need
to work on developing patience!
Some of us - do what many do in the natural. We see the yellow,
yield, slow down signal come on when we're driving and we pretend we
don't see it and race through before the red light comes on! (Don't raise your hand if you do this!)
When we want to do something, we usually want to do it right now - it
doesn't matter if we aren't completely knowledgeable about something
and ready to move forward, we just want to take action! But, it's
not in our timing but God's timing! His plans always prosper us
and are perfect!
And the bright RED signal that says STOP - we definitely don't want to hear that from God, (unless we really didn't want what we asked for), then it's good news!
But what happens when we've been praying and asking the Lord for guidance and hear and see the GREEN - all's OK - all's right - GO signal? The door is open and we can now walk through with confidence that this IS God's will for us.
What excitement! Our prayers have been answered and we can move forward knowing God will bless our actions.
Let's look at another scenario.
What if God tells you He wants you to do something and He says GO and
you see the green light on but you hesitate because you haven't been
praying for this or expecting this. It just seems to come
somewhere out of left field.
We can look into Genesis 12:1-4 and see an example of obedience.
God told Abram to leave his country and family and go into a new land
that I will show you and I will bless you there.
The Bible said Abram left and he was 75 years old. We know the
end of the story, Abram was blessed and his name was changed to
Abraham, meaning: "Father of many nations" and those nations are
blessed today because of his obedience to do what God told him to do.
Are we that quick to obey God, especially when exploring something new
and going into new territory and doing this through faith? Or, do
we hesitate: wanting to study everything on the subject before we take
the big plunge, or make excuses before we move forward into the perfect
will of God for our lives.
Let's look at Moses and his example when God used a burning bush to talk to him and told Moses to GO!
In Exodus 3:1, we begin reading the story of Moses at this time in his
life. While tending his flock in Horeb, the mountain of God, he
sees a burning bush (which was already odd, plus it was not being
consumed, drew his attention) and then God begins speaking to him.
Now first of all, most of us do not hear an audible voice when God
speaks to us. When He speaks to us we usually know it in our
heart, or have the Word leap out at us and confirm something or someone
else confirm something within us. Each of us learns to hear how God
speaks in His own special way to us. We do not need to get three
confirmations, or see signs and wonders in the sky! OK, sometimes
we all may miss it - but God is faithful, He knows our heart and
intentions and will bless us, and work things out and give us other
opportunities to hear from Him.
Like Moses, do we bring up excuses to God why we just cannot do what He
asks of us? Instead of walking through the green - Go light, we
hesitate a bit turning the light to yield-yellow - just wait a minute
here, while hoping to quickly reveal to God why He needs to put a STOP-red light to His request of us.
Continuing in Chapter 3 of Exodus God tells Moses that He has heard the
cry of the Israelites. God says to Moses, GO NOW to Pharaoh and
tell him you want to bring the Israelites out of Egypt."
Excuse #1, In verse 11 Moses said to God, "Who am I,
that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of
Egypt?" God then assures him "I will be with you." This
should have been enough for Moses and should be enough for us.
Who better to be with us and on our side?
Some of us have that same lame excuse "Who am I?"
Terror, inferiority or just plain laziness begins to engulf us and we
try to "cop out." We begin looking at ourselves and not at Jesus
and what He wants to do through us.
The Bible says, "All things are possible to him who believes." Or
"Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." We are in
the world and must let our lights shine, not hide them.
Excuse #2, verse 13. What if they don't know whom the great "I AM" is, how do I explain? Some of us say "how can I tell others about Jesus?"
God will give us the right words to say and a peace when we get out of
our "comfort zone." We can't allow a fear of anything to stop us.
Once we say Ok to the green light and do something we will walk through
the gate that actually has always been open for us and walk right out
of our old comfort zones. (Philippians 4:13) - "I can do
all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens me." The
anointing is in us and empowers us to do what God has for us.
Excuse #3, Exodus 4:1. "What if they don't believe me or listen to me?"
That's OK, the Holy Spirit won't be intimidated, and He'll love them
and work with them, continuing to draw them towards Jesus. We may just
be planting seeds into someone's life and someone else will do the
watering and even someone else will do the harvesting.
Excuse #4, verse 10-14. Well you know Lord I don't speak very well! Please send someone else!
Thank God that He is slow to anger with all of us when we bring up any
excuse to try to get out of doing something. How many people have
refused God and missed out on so many wonderful opportunities in life
so God has had to ask 2, 3 or 4 more people to do something for Him
until He found someone willing.
We need to remember that God will never leave us or forsake us.
He is always there for us. We have the Holy Spirit to teach us and
guide us. We have the same power in us that raised Jesus from the
dead. We need to think on these things!
We may be the one asked by God to go into uncharted territory and pave
the way for others. I have always found that what God asked us to
do He will equip us to do it properly! God says that we must live
by faith to please Him. What an awesome statement that really is
when you think about it.
God created the universe by faith, we received Jesus as our Savior and
Lord by faith, we receive wisdom by faith, we pray believing we have
received something at the time we prayed by the prayer of faith and I
could go on and on.
Every thing God does is by faith. He will never lie to us. He is
always there for us. We become His child through a blood covenant
with Jesus. Our trust-our belief-our faith should never waver or be in any one or any thing else.
So when God tells us to GO,
whether its something we has asked for or He just plain wants us to do
something for Him we should be willing to please Him and in faith know
that He will direct us every step of the way.