Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 14:1-52 (additional reading: Psalm 109:1-31 and Proverbs 15:5-7)
As we look at today’s passage in 1 Samuel, Jonathan seemed to be in a situation of uncertainty. The absolute direction he needed for the present time just was not clear. All he could say in v.6 was “It may be…” He couldn’t be sure of one way or the other. He probably did feel that it was the right thing to do, but there is uncertainty revealed in his words. There was clearly some doubt.
There are times when we are just unsure and unclear on the right step to take, and the right move to make. Sometimes, all we have is a sense, a feeling, and something abstract. We have nothing concrete and sure when we really we like guarantees.
Ecclesiastes 11 talks about “not watching the wind and clouds.” What does that mean? Maybe it means: Don’t get caught up watching the natural circumstances. If all we do is wait on the right time, on the right conditions, on the right people, or the right atmosphere, then all we will ever do is sit around talking about “how badly we need things to line up” so we can get things done!
Now I’m not talking about senseless action and trusting God to empower our every whim. There are times when you have to step out by faith. Again, I am not talking about being stupid here, but rather, reading and know the Bible and then weighing your life and decision up by it. You can still have questions, and not know the whole plan. But if you will move out on a “maybe,” as see God do an awesome work.
When all you’ve got is a “maybe,” Maybe God wants you to move on out, test the doorknob, push on the door, and step out in faith.
- What causes you to stay still rather than to act and trust?
- How can you balance action with waiting for the right decisions?
Father, Thank You that You give us Your word the Bible to help us know how to live. Thank You for promoting us by the Holy Spirit and calling us to act for You. Help us not to be stuck in a place of fear or inaction, but to follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen