Sometimes I get frustrated with God. Is it okay to acknowledge that? I think so. The Bible is full of people who say such things as, “I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me” (Job 30:20).
The particular frustration I have with God is that He doesn’t always show me exactly what I’m supposed to do, what decision to make, or what action to take.
I’m a person who likes to be in the know. Call me a control freak, but my life seems to go better when I have a plan, and I stick to it. I get fired up when I read a passage like Jeremiah 29:11—“`For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, `plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
The problem is that God knows His plans, but I don’t. Generally speaking, I know His plan includes my faithfulness and conformity to Christ, but when I get to specifics, the plan gets foggy. Should I take this job or that job? Should I buy this house or that house? Should we send our kids to this school or that school? Come on, God! What is your plan for me?
Sometimes I fail to take my next step, because I’m waiting on God to make the next move. I want some kind of sign that what I’m about to do is aligned with God. What I’m discovering, however, is that God is often waiting on me.
When I pray and trust in the Lord, and when a decision or action is in faithful obedience to the character and calling of Jesus, then I have to take that next step in faith. I’m learning that it’s only when I take a step in faith that God reveals the step that follows.
In Joshua 3, the people of Israel are lined up and ready to cross the Jordan River to enter the land of Canaan. Joshua told them, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5). The people obey, and God tells them to follow the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan. But it was only when the priests, who led the procession, stepped into the river that God parted the waters and the people walked across on dry ground.
They had to take the first step.
What is keeping you from taking your next step in making a decision or following through on a commitment? Is it fear you might be wrong? Is it frustration that God isn’t making the path clearer?
If you consecrate yourself to the Lord, then you are prepared to take that next step. Only then will God reveal step number two.