“I’m just waiting on God to show me which way to go.”
A few days ago, I cringed as I heard yet another sister say those words in the midst of common sense staring her in the face. Rather than argue with her, I chose to shut my mouth and keep it moving. Only to discover that a few weeks later, she’d been served with court papers: an act that could easily have been avoided.
It’s not that I didn’t see it coming, but I’ve learned when people ask for advice, they don’t always want to hear the truth. They either want sympathy or a resolution that doesn’t require them to make uncomfortable changes.
Yet, sometimes the answer to your problem will take you out of your comfort zone.
If we’re really honest with ourselves, most of the time, we know exactly what we should be doing and when we should do it. But, we don’t always want to do it.
We fear failure.
We fear success.
And we fear the unknown.
So, “waiting on God” becomes an excuse that hides our fear.
We would rather stick with the familiar—knowing that it’s not working— than to let it go without knowing the next step. At least with the familiar or current situation, you know what to expect. But when you have to take a step without knowing the outcome, anything could happen. Right?
Choosing Faith over fear
I’ve been there too. I know how hard it can be to tell the difference between God’s will and my own fears. But, even when I moved forward and made a mistake, He was right there to guide me back to the right path and I learned something on the journey. It wasn’t the end of the world.
God has already given us all things pertaining to life and Godliness. If you ask for Wisdom, He will give it to you. The problem is, after we get it, we don’t take action.
In any given situation, you will likely be called to take action before you have all the answers. ~Rosetta Thurman
You will not always know the next step or the outcome of taking step 1. But, this is the purpose of faith. If you had all the answers, you wouldn’t need faith. You could just make decisions based on the logical facts that you have.
Faith requires that you move forward without always knowing what’s next. Faith without works is simply dead. If it’s meant to be, you will always have peace as you move forward. You may feel a little nervous on the inside, but you’re peaceful at the same time.
The next time you’re challenged with waiting on God, get quiet and ask yourself two questions:
- Do I have peace when I think about the next step?
- What am I really afraid of?
You don’t need any more advice. You just make to act like Nike, Just Do It.