“Lord, what comes next for me? What should I do with my life? Would You just speak to me for once? GOD, WHAT’S GOING ON?!” The questions I posed to God recently seemed uniquely penetrating and heartfelt until I realized I was probably the billionth person who had asked them.
Probably we all like to think we’re somebody in God’s scheme of things. Underneath our prayers, we think that if God would just give us an audible word, some kind of unmistakable response, He would suddenly be making a lot more sense.
That’s why, hidden within the soul of every Christian, is the desire to discover a burning bush or receive a heavenly vision. But hidden even deeper within our souls is the humbling realization that we sure aren’t Moses and we’re definitely not Paul.
Wrestling with the possibilities of school, career and relationships, we forget that the most important vision has already been given. Sometimes we get so wound up, asking God to give us a sign, that we forget God wrote an entire book for our direction. And when we obey the vision God has already revealed, He promises to care for the other details of our lives. Is it really necessary for God to appear to me, here, now, for me to do His will?
God performs, invokes, appears as is necessary to bring about each component of His will. Has His mind changed? Or does He sleep, leaving us to our own devices for a while? No, His labor and the kind intention of His will remain unchanged. His mind is made up. He’s had the same plans, ever since Moses, ever since Paul, and actually long before that.
It’s worth asking, Am I waiting for God to give me a “new vision” before I obey His eternal plan? What will it take for me to lead a dying soul to Christ? Will God have to coerce me into loving Him with every fiber of my being? Do I really trust God to lead me in the future? Or am I holding out for a burning bush?
We need to devote ourselves to the commands God has already revealed, then trust Him to lead us as we live according to what’s on His heart. Blessed are those who don’t need a burning bush to do God’s will.
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