Sometimes it seems that you pour all your time, energy and heart into a project or task only to see little movement towards your goals. Other times, all you did was get out of bed and big things started happening. On those days, it seemed as if you were operating in the sweet spot between God’s desires and your efforts in faith.
think it’s one of the great mysteries of following God: how to negotiate
the balance between moving out in faith and waiting expectantly for God
In my life, I’ve found that I have a tendency
to hang out in one or the other of the two extremes. Either, I find
myself charging ahead with the doing or holding back praying for God’s
guidance. More often than not, it’s the former because I am wired to be a
doer. If I sense something would be good for God’s kingdom, I’m quick
to attempt to make it happen. But sometimes I am wrong.
other times, when I’m unsure about God’s will, I find myself holding
back, really wanting God to give clear guidance before moving ahead
because I’m afraid or I genuinely want to do the right thing. This can
result in becoming stuck and missing out on what God desires. Or this
could be where God wants us in this particular decision.
Like I said, it can all be a bit of a mystery.
would be better to inhabit the territory between impulsively moving
forward and fearfully holding back. It’s that sweet spot where my
actions are in faith and require God’s help in order to succeed, yet the
place where I haven’t allowed myself to get out ahead of God. This is
the opposite of what some call Christian atheism where one’s actions
leave no room for actual faith…for God to act. Such a person believes
but outwardly shows no evidence of trusting God.
Over the years, I’ve discovered the answer to this problem.
There really isn’t an answer.
We all learn by trial and error within the safe confines of Christian community and God’s love.
faced with a decision, we need to first seek guidance from God in
community with other followers of Christ. Then, when we hear from God,
we need to move out in faith.
Sometimes, we will be
right and find that sweet spot. And other times we will blow it and have
to prayerfully learn from our mistakes. But in all cases, God will use
our successes and failures to accomplish his will.
Where have you learned through trial and error to find the sweet spot of God’s will?