• Pastor Louie

PROMPTING

(Psa 123:2) Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters . . . So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us.


Well, you have waited on God for His will for your life. Now the big question is, what do you do from here? You’ve heard some believers say you should just jump out there and let God lead you. You’ll figure it out. Don’t analyze things so much. But that trial and error approach to guidance can really be frustrating and even send you back a step in time. How much better to wait for God to signal you before you go ahead. I call it “prompting”.


Prompting is Biblical. God’s instigation would be the catalyst for a person’s motivation. My favorite story on this is Peter walking on water. He didn’t just leap out of the boat towards Jesus in that storm. The Lord prompted him. (Mat 14:28-29) And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. Just imagine what would have happened if Peter had decided on his own to step out of that boat!


I also think of Noah. He didn’t conceive of the ark idea and then start hammering! God spoke to his heart and he responded. (Heb 11:7) By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Notice how he moved with godly fear AFTER God spoke to him.


And we can’t forget Abraham. That man moved all over the place. But it was all from God’s provocation. (Heb 11:8) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.


Servants of old would stand by the table while the master was eating with his guests and wait for hand signals from him. That’s the way we should be with the Lord. We are His servants and He calls the shots as to what and when and where and how. Paul had to learn this lesson from the moment of his conversion. (Acts 9:6) So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”


I also like to envision the cloud that led Israel through the wilderness. (Exo 40:36) Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward . . .


Keep looking to Jesus for your future. He has a plan and a time for the activation of that plan. Don’t jump out the window. Better to wait for the open door! Prompting!!


Louie

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