GPS and real life
I love all the access I have to GPS type applications on my phone. If I want to go somewhere, all I have to do is type in the name or the address and it gives me the time of arrival, distance and best of all detailed instruction on how to get there. So even if I don’t know where I am going I can get there. And I have a pretty good assurance I’ll get there.
My prayers most of the time could be summed up into, “Lord give a spiritual GPS please”. I want to know God’s will for my life. But more than that I want a guarantee. Am I going to get there on time? Are there any detours I can take to speed things up? When will I get the detailed checklist of things to do in order to be successful.
Stars and Real life
But luckily for us, God’s will is more like navigating using the stars. If you know how the stars can shows which general direction you are heading. This method will not give you the time of arrival, distance, and the detailed instruction of left and right turns. Assuming you are following the stars correctly, you will get there.
I say luckily because this type of directions and following comes with it keeps us looking up. We have to constantly look back for more directions. This is more like walking by faith and that’s what God wants.
Don’t hold back your faith
You and I want certainty. We want God to tell long will have to wait, how far will have to travel, how hard it will be, which detours will have to take, and how many mountains and valleys we’ll have to cross. But where is the faith in that?
Unfortunately, once there’s a certainty there’s no room for trust.
Faith is not knowing what’s on the other side and choosing to step through the door anyway. Trust is taking a trip with someone to a place you’ve never been before expecting to get exactly where you’re supposed to be.
Don’t hold back your faith. Faith is action in the presence of uncertainty.
Here are some books for further reading on this topic:
The Will of God is the Word of God
All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know? Participant’s Guide: God Has Placed before You an Open Door. What Will You Do?
If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat