One of the biggest challenges we face in life is knowing when God wants us to stay and when He wants us to keep moving. Sometimes God wants us to play an active role in our getting out of a situation, other times He wants us to sit back and watch Him work. We’re not all as close to God and able to hear His voice as maybe used to be the case, so it’s not always as easy as we’d want it to be to know which one to do.
Sometimes it’s really obvious to know which you should do. You’ve probably heard the story about the person trapped on a flooded house and a row boat comes and goes (the guy tells them he’s waiting for God), then a bigger boat comes and goes (again he tells them he’s waiting for God) and then a really big boat comes and goes (again he tells them he’s waiting for God) and then he dies because the water gets too high. When he gets to heaven he asks God why God didn’t rescue him and God yells at him for not seeing the boats as a means of rescue.
Sometimes it will be a perfectly natural solution or assistance that God sends our way when we’re in need, other times it’s supernatural. As long as we do our fact checking and make sure we’re not being taken in for a scam, we should accept the solutions that come our way.
The one thing that people often forget is that to get God’s assistance we have to ask Him. He may know everything that’s going on, but He likes knowing that we remember He’s there and our need of Him. It’s not an ego thing, it’s a partner thing. If you’re really partners with someone you’ll communicate your need to them and them their need to you. Who doesn’t like being needed?
If you’re struggling this week I encourage you to first make sure that you’ve reached out for God, He will be faithful to respond to your call. Then make sure you’re considering your options and ready to move as the situation develops.
“So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.” Isaiah 30:18