Today's Devotional Thought
August 27, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Just Start Walking
Are you afraid that you do not know what God’s will is for your life? And, because you are unsure, are you waiting for it to be clear before you take any action?
May I make a suggestion to you today?
Do something. Make a move. Pray and act. Don’t just wait for all of the pieces of the plan to be clearly in place before you move towards what God has for you. Because friends, if you wait for an engraved declaration of exactly what God’s will is for your life, then you may never move towards anything that God has for you.
In a book about God’s will, Charles Stanley wrote the following about Paul and how he decided where God wanted him to travel:
“Do you know how Paul decided which cities to visit? Paul apparently went where he wanted. He wasn’t trapped by thinking, “Oh what if I do the wrong thing? What if I step out of God’s will? He understood the incredible principle that God’s will is not a tight wire that we fall off of.”
In Acts 16, we see Paul in action. We see him traveling to various cities that he thought he should go to. And, we also see that the Lord stopped him from entering a certain city. Paul didn’t get discouraged; instead, he just went in a different direction. Through this passage, we learn to move towards something and be aware of God’s voice redirecting us if that direction is not God’s plan for us.
Also, we learn to keep moving. If you believe that you are being called in a certain direction, but you are not entirely certain, then move towards it prayerfully and see what happens. Ask the Lord to make it clear as you proceed if you should be moving in this direction. When you have prayerfully asked God for direction and asked Him to open and close doors to show you where He wants you to go, then He will open and close doors. Be mindful of those doors opening and closing and keep moving through them.
Secondly, we can learn to not get discouraged by closed doors. If you think God is calling you in a direction and you begin moving that way and things just don’t work out, then regroup and move in another direction. Don’t become stagnant and stay in front of that closed door. Turn around and move towards another opportunity and see what happens. God will open the doors that He wants you to walk through. But, you have to be walking to find the open doors.
Thirdly, we can learn to not question why certain doors are closed. Just be mindful that God has a plan and we may not always understand. Also, sometimes opportunities that seem real and seem to come from God can turn into situations that we should not remain in. Doors can close anytime. You can find yourself through a door when you begin to notice that God wants you to leave that room and find another door. Always be prayerfully asking the Lord where you should be and always be willing to move through another door.
Ultimately, God shows us in His word that when we are willing and honest and are striving to do what He has called us to do, He will guide us. He will open and close doors. But, we have to be moving to notice these opportunities and roadblocks. Pray that God would show you what direction you need to start moving in and just start walking in that direction. As things arise, it will be clear whether you should continue walking in that direction or whether you are being guided in another way. And, when you make a decision that is not in line with God’s will, He will close doors. And, when we recognize those closed doors, we can go in the direction that God prefers for us.
Don’t be afraid to start walking. And, don’t be afraid of closed doors. If a door ahead of you is closed, then turn around and start walking in another direction. He’ll show you the open door that you should walk through. But, you have to be walking to find it!