Why Clarity For Your Life Comes With Action
The miracles you want to see in your life will not take place until you take a step in faith. Proverbs 16:9 states that “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes His steps.”
The key word here is “steps,” not thoughts, not plans, not wishful thinking but your actions.
Your intent will not get you where you want to be, the way you move in faith will.
Peter would not know if he could walk on water until he got out of the boat.
Moses would not have led the Israelites to freedom unless he traveled to Egypt.
Esther would not have been instrumental in the protection of her people until she went to the king.
Don’t get me wrong. Prayer is important. Thinking and planning are important, the Bible also says to count the cost of everything that you do.
But at the end of the day, it is your actions that matter.
Near the end of 2014, I went to a training camp in Myrtle Beach, SC to learn from some great coaches. I had been to Myrtle beach before through college trips there with my track team.
I knew that there was a coach down there and I thought it would be nice to move there someday, but I knew it wouldn’t happen in the near future.
During my trip there I felt a prompting from the Lord to start praying about moving to Myrtle Beach. I had zero plans to move there and was a little hesitant to even think about it. But I started praying about it.
Then I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to get ready to move. I had no idea what that meant but I made a budget and see what it would take to live there. I also started looking at potential roommates.
The biggest issue with this move was money. I was expecting a decent check from an athletic program that I was a part of with Dicks Sporting Goods and I thought that if that check came that I would be able to move.
My father and I set a date to go to Myrtle Beach and interview a potential roommate. We met her and saw the place and ended up putting a deposit down in faith.
The next day when we returned from Myrtle Beach the check I had been waiting for was sitting on the kitchen counter.
I lost it with excitement and awe and wonder at God and His timely provision. That was a sign to me that I was headed in the right direction and confirmed to me that I needed to move to Myrtle Beach.
None of that would have happened without action. The first action being prayer.
The second, doing everything I could to make a sound plan.
Then literally stepping out in faith.
God honors actions of those taken in faith by His leading. But you won’t get the confirmation or to the plan or the provision without stepping out first.
You will not see all the pieces and how they fit together. All you need is one piece, trust God to show up with the rest. What does this look like practically?
- Start with prayer. If you feel like you are being led in a certain direction, pray first and pray hard.
- Seek godly counsel. Ask those around you who you know are filled with the Spirit to pray for you and to help discern what to do.
- Make a plan. Do your research. Google everything you can and then some. Be as prepared as possible.
- Take a step of faith. This will look different for everyone in different situations. Sometimes this will mean initiating a conversation, looking for apartments like I did or simply changing your daily routine.
- Trust God with the provision. God will not call you to something that He will not provide for. But you have to move first. That is showing God that you trust Him.
God wants so much more for a lot of us but we’re content with just staying in the boat.
Jesus calls out from the water. If He’s the one that’s calling, you can guarantee you will walk on it.
Have you ever experienced a moment when you walked out in faith and God met you in the middle? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!
Originally published at jocelynanne.com on February 7, 2018.