Trust God through your actions
God told Noah to build an ark. “Make yourself an ark…” Genesis 6:14 So Noah responded to God’s command by saying that he had too much work to do to build an ark, right? He simply didn’t have the time. Or maybe Noah told God that he would spend a year praying for an ark in hopes that God would just build it for him. The truth is that Noah built the ark. “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” Genesis 6:22
Trusting God is not just believing that God will act. Part of trusting in God is believing that God can act through us. Many times trust requires doing what God has commanded you to do. So often we want God to act and do something great in our lives, yet at the same time we are not willing to be the instrument that he wants to use in order to accomplish his will and purposes. We say that we will pray about the situation, while believing that God will handle the rest. We pray and then expect God to do all of the work. Yet how does God often accomplish his will? How ever he wants to, of course. Although, quite frequently he accomplishes his will through people like Noah.
Is prayer important? Yes, of course it is. Should we believe that God can do anything he wants to do? Most definitely. Is praying and believing all God calls us to do? Absolutely not. God calls us to prayer and belief. He calls us to trust in him. He also calls us to action. He calls us to do the work that he has prepared for us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
The problems are not too big for us
We think that the problems in the world are too big for us, so we don’t do anything about them. Although, maybe some of those problems exist because we haven’t been doing what God wants us to do. Who would have built the ark if Noah hadn’t? Maybe God would have found someone else. Maybe God would have just built the ark himself. Or maybe the ark never would have been built in order to save the human race. None of that really matters though, because Noah obeyed God through action.
In an effort to sound more Godly, we say that we trust in God and that only he can change things. Although, if we are honest with ourselves, we are actually making an excuse to not act, when God has provided an opportunity for us to be a part of that change. God’s purposes are often accomplished through the combination of our work and his work. We need to recognize that our work is useless without him, but that shouldn’t stop us from acting. God deserves the credit for any work he does through us, but that doesn’t excuse us from the work he has for us.
Throughout scripture, there are countless examples of Godly men and women who did what God commanded them. Moses saved his people from bondage. David conquered Goliath and eventually led his people as king. Esther helped save her people from what seemed like certain death. Paul traveled the world to share the Gospel. Jesus performed miracles of healing and eventually saved the world through his death on the cross.
Christian music artist Matthew West describes our part in God’s purposes in his song “Do Something”. “So, I shook my fist at Heaven. Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you.”
Stop making excuses about the problems facing our world and start doing what God has called you to do. Stop hiding behind prayer by saying that you will just pray and God will take care of the rest. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
We are supposed to work in alignment with God’s word in order to accomplish God’s purposes. In any and all situations we should pray, trust and do something. What work is God calling you to do today?