Ever wonder why vagueness is often the prominent thought when you need clarity the most? I’m learning that a high tolerance for ambiguity shows emotional and spiritual maturity for Christ-followers because it’s based on trusting God. One of the biggest hindrances in seeing God move in our lives (in the form of His favor) is the lack of clarity we have for our own lives. And yet, God is not the author of confusion.
In Nehemiah’s story, he prayed for favor before he even had an audience with the king (Nehemiah 1:11). Unless God intervened on the king’s heart, Nehemiah knew there was no way that the king would feel sympathetic toward Israel. So, Nehemiah prayed for God to sway the heart of the king, and God did it! King Artaxerxes became a primary player in the reconstruction of the wall in Jerusalem.
The primary reason most of us don’t see God moving in our lives is simply because we aren’t moving. Most of us want God to provide some kind of miraculous sign before we commit. Have you ever been there before? I know I have. But it doesn’t always work like that. Nehemiah didn’t wait for a miraculous sign. He had the courage to put his job (actually his entire life) on the line in front of the king that day. And when he did, God confirmed the passion in Nehemiah’s heart with signs following. The king didn’t just write him a nice reference; the king basically gave him a credit card with no limit that was backed by the kingdom of Babylon.
I’ve learned that most of the time faith doesn’t follow signs but, instead, signs follow faith. It is a biblical pattern. We see it in the stories of Gideon, Abraham, Joseph, David, Samuel, Esther, Ruth, the disciples… the list can go on and on: faith first, then signs of confirmation after. I’ve seen it several times in my own life. When I was 13 years old I began a document that became my prayer for my ideal future husband. And then, I set out to become a woman that a man like that would want to marry. I asked God for specifics, I put my faith to work, and then God brought him into my life when I was least expecting it while we were both serving on teams in the church. We celebrate eight years of marriage in February 2014! I acted first in faith, and signs followed.
Allow God to show up in your life by doing what you can do with what you do have. Of course seek counsel, go to God in prayer, and think things through, but at some point we have to disengage from analysis and do something. God moves at our movement. Once you move, watch God follow up your faith with His favor.
Besides, it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
Jodi Cameron lives her life out loud. With her experiences in the collegiate athletic world, a BA in Business Management and raised in a household of strong leadership, Jodi’s passion is to inspire wholeness in everyone she meets. Jodi and her husband, Ryan, serve alongside her parents, Pastors Kevin & Sheila Gerald, at Champions Centre. They live with their son, Kyan (age 3), in Bellevue, Washington. You can follow her on twitter & instagram @jodigc.