For the past several years, I’ve been subconsciously taught and believing that when God tells you (me, whoever) to do something, He provides the ability and materials to do it. The part where I got confused was I thought I had to wait until He provided the ability and materials before I did what He told me, that it would be impossible to do what He said until He made it possible, until He qualified me.
I’ve since learned that if God tells me to do something, I step out and do it. The materials, ability, qualifications, and whatever else I need will follow. One of my favorite examples of this was about four years ago, when He told me to start a small group. I wasn’t a part of my church’s youth group at the time, and I wasn’t close with a lot of people my age. I prayed about who was supposed to be in the group, and invited the people He told me to invite. Out of those people (probably about 10-12), four showed up. Two of them I had only met once when I felt kindred spirits with them and I knew they were supposed to be part of my group.
So, the group formed. We met once a week, and for the first three or four weeks, I had no material to lead with. No curriculum, no books, no video, the only thing I spoke on every week was what God had spoken to me from my personal quiet time with Him. It felt so awkward and it was easy to doubt and ask myself “did God really say”. After that first month or so, I shared an excerpt from a book called Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere that had really touched me that week. One of the girls looked at her mom and they both had tears in their eyes. When I finished reading the excerpt, they told me that God had told them to buy the whole curriculum for Girls with Swords and that He would provide the group to do it in! They stepped out in faith and bought the curriculum months before they had a group, and I stepped out and formed the group months before I had the curriculum. If either of us would have waited on the “rest of the pieces of the puzzle” to come together, neither of us would have seen the fulfillment of what God had in mind. It was a lesson to me that when God says “go”, I should go, regardless of whether or not I see the “how”. A couple of weeks ago my pastor said something that really made an impact on me: “You don’t have to know how if you know Who.” If we know Who works all things together for the good of those who love Him, we don’t have to worry about how.
“You don’t have to know how if you know Who.”
For the past several months since God told me to quit my job and that He was calling me to ministry in speaking and writing, I’ve been praying that He would provide and have been researching being a blogger and improving my blog, and saw that I would need to invest money in upgrading my blog with WordPress before I could begin to monetize it. I prayed for God to make it obvious what He wanted to do, and if He wanted me to upgrade, that He would provide the money. Well, this past week I received a check “out of the blue” for the amount I needed. As another one of my pastors says, “What are the chances of that happening? 100%, because God is in it!” As I was telling that testimony of God’s provision, God showed off again by doubling the amount through someone else that was also led to send me money!
So whatever it is that God has called you to, especially if its outside of our comfort zone, expertise, or resources, know that God is more than able to provide for you! As I read in one of my devotionals this week…
“And He will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will obey Him.” –Oswald Chambers
So if you needed a sign to step out in faith today, let this be it.
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