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Should We Wait for God’s Voice or Walk in Faith?

Should We Wait for God’s Voice or Walk in Faith?

Almost 10 years ago, I donated a kidney.

There was a co-worker who found that he had kidney disease and it was advancing rapidly. We weren’t especially close, and when the invite came through to join a Facebook group that was entitled, Chuck needs a life-saving kidney, I almost immediately disregarded the invite. But then I felt convicted that I should at least pray about whether or not I should consider donating. So, I accepted the invite to the group. I had noticed that there were a few thousand people in this group. Surely, one of them was more closely related or more appropriately suited to do this. After all, I’m married with two kids and I have to be concerned about their well-being and future.

So I went to prayer and I wish I could say that I heard a very clear “yes” from the Lord. I didn’t, but all I got was a question… What Would Jesus Do? I was getting the lesson for this post…When you don’t have a specific “yes,” just keep walking in the way that Jesus would.

It was clear that this is the type of thing that Jesus would say “yes” to. I talked it over with Lariza, my wife, and we determined that if this wasn’t going to be a thing that would really greatly negatively impact our family, that I could continue to explore it.

And so that I did. I took the first test and as I was going, I was praying.

“Jesus, is this what you want for me to do? Please redirect me if this isn’t from you. Show me a different way if this is not your way for me.”

And the first test passed. The second test showed that I was a match. And the following test showed that I was healthy enough, including my psych evaluation.

Everything was lining up and Jesus was quiet. So in his silence, I simply decided to be obedient to what the way of Jesus would be, even though I did not have a specific “yes” for this situation.

It’s interesting to me that so many of us are okay with making so many decisions without Jesus and his leadership. We don’t ask him whether or not we should open the refrigerator when we’re hungry. We don’t wait and pray whether or not we should use the upstairs bathroom or the downstairs bathroom when we need to relieve ourselves. So why is it when there’s certain decisions that are scary to us, that seem huge, that we are so afraid to move forward without having direct instructions on that is what we should do? So instead we do nothing and call it waiting on the Lord. The truth is, God has already given us our instructions to move forward.

Yes, many, many places, God says, “Wait on the Lord and renew your strength.”

But even more than that, the resounding instructions from God’s Word are, “Fear not, go, I am with you.”

“Fear not, go, I am with you.”

What if we applied that to all of our daily activity that we’re doing with the heart of worship for God?  “Fear not, go, I am with you.” As we look at Scripture, there’s one significant place where God’s people were commanded to wait. And that was upon the anticipation of the Holy Spirit in Acts. They were told to wait for the helper. But once the helper came, they were lit up. The gospel began to pour out of them and they split up, divided themselves throughout the known world, preaching and teaching according to God’s instructions.  Those same instructions applied to us all,

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Why do we still need an additional go-ahead for each and every big move? Yes, we should pray. Yes, we should walk in wisdom, but we should be continually moving forward in that which we already know. We should not be sitting still but moving forward as we are waiting for Him to instruct us further, redirect us, or maybe even stop us.

This concept is a foundational one for the inception of the Ordered Chaos Club. It began simply as my desire to express this reality that creatives need to be more Christ-centered and that the church needs to be more creative. But it continues to evolve and God continues to speak truth and direction into it, rather than me simply waiting to hear the whole vision before I begin.

Sometimes we just need to go. So the question is, what is our default posture? Are we simply sitting and waiting for God to give us more direction? Or are we already going forward based on the last thing that the Father spoke to us?

I believe those in movement in the direction that they believe are those who are truly being faithful. Let us wait while we walk.

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