I’ve been thinking about this concept for awhile. I am one who has prayed to God for many different things and for many situations asked for “signs” just to make sure I was doing the right thing. However, here’s what I’ve come to realize about the whole asking for a sign thing.
I honestly believe sometimes God lets us choose. Which to most of us doesn’t equal a sign. A sign is a black or white decision. Giving us a choice makes it completely gray. So we wait until the decision becomes black or white, sometimes waiting for a long time or sometimes we even forget about what we were waiting for altogether because it’s been that long.
We’ve become so consumed with this idea of receiving a sign from the Lord that I think we miss out on a huge percentage of what God actually wants to do because we slow down the process so much.
As believers we have come to this horrible conclusion that if we mess up it’s completely over. There are no second chances with God. (You had your chance… and you blew it) This honestly might be one of the biggest hindrances to the body of Christ. We have literally taken ourselves out of the game. We have become so fearful of missing it that we choose not to do anything instead.
I’m realizing more and more that God wants us to be risk-takers. And let me clarify that, he isn’t calling us to be stupid, but where is the need for faith if we aren’t taking risks and stepping into the unknown? Sometimes with so many options and choices we choose the easiest way by not choosing any of them.
My encouragement to you? Take a breath, it will be OK. God hasn’t forsaken you and He’s not about to. Take a step… you’ll land somewhere. I promise.
The key to all of this? Spend consistent time with Jesus. How can you miss it when you’re seeking His will and hanging out with Him? He delights in the simple faith and trust that we have in Him. Corrie Ten Boom put it best…
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”