Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NIV)
Bold And Timely Steps Of Faith
Will you wait for my guidance? Will you follow my instructions? Will you listen to my counsel? Will you neither run ahead of me or lag behind me? Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask of you? Will you take bold and timely steps of faith with me? Yes, I will wait for your guidance, follow your instructions, and listen to your counsel. I won’t run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. But I do have a question. What’s that? What is a bold and timely step of faith? That is a good question. It is wise that you didn’t quickly pass over those words. Why is that? I will ask you a few questions. Have you always gone and done what I asked you without delay? Have you sometimes procrastinated by waiting for perfect conditions? Have you ever lost an opportunity because you did not act without delay? Those are tough questions. Why is that? I have delayed doing what you have asked of me. I have waited for more perfect conditions before I took an action. I have lost opportunities because I did not act without delay. That is true.
Now, I want to caution you here. How so? What have you done more often? Have you more often lagged behind me, or have you more often run ahead of me? I have more often run ahead of you without consulting you. That is true. I want you to neither run ahead of me or lag behind me. I want you to wait for my guidance, follow my instructions and listen to my counsel. If you do that you will know when to wait and when to act. If you do that then you will not wait for perfect conditions before you act. Do you understand? Yes, I understand.
I will ask you a few more questions. I am listening. Have the conditions ever been perfect when I have called on you to act?
Have you ever felt completely ready and totally prepared to go and do what I have asked of you? Have I asked you to take bold and timely steps of faith as you have followed and served me? No conditions have ever been perfect, nor have I ever felt completely ready and totally prepared to go and do what you asked of me. Taking a bold and timely step with you has always required faith in you from me. Will you take bold and timely steps of faith with me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will neither run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will wait for your guidance. I will not procrastinate by waiting for perfect conditions before I go and do what you ask of me. Help me to take bold and timely steps of faith. Use me to bear fruit for you. Amen
Key Question… How has the Lord helped you to know when was the right time to take a step of faith?
Living It Out… Make it your practice to take bold and timely steps of faith to do what the Lord asks of you.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith to take bold and timely steps of faith to do what the Lord asks of you.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are taking bold and timely steps of faith with the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you take bold and timely steps of faith to do what the Lord asks of you.
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