When God calls you to do something, say something, or go somewhere, how do you reply? Do you say YES, or do you reply no or maybe? I believe God is looking for a YES generation – an army of laborers who will do what He tells us, say what He aks us to say, and go where He sends us. I believe He wants us to do this without argument, debate, or reasoning. After all, He tells us in His Word: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).”
Note the order. First we trust Him. Then we do not rely on our own understanding. Next we acknowledge Him. After, we receive direction. I have noticed since He called me to return to South Carolina that I have responded in the wrong order. I have asked Him for direction before I have given Him my trust. I have looked to my own understanding and fallen flat on my face. I have reasoned, debated, argued, disagreed, doubted, distrusted, feared, and questioned beyond measure. I have demanded to know the outcome before I begin, and I have pushed Him incessantly for answers before I set out. My human flesh has wanted a road map so I can walk by sight. I asked God just days ago how to get from point A to point B with one aspect of this leg of my journey. His reply was simple. “Walk by Faith.” Of course! I should have known. When I walk with the Lord, by faith in love, I do not need answers or understanding. I merely need a heart full of love for Him, a desire to serve, and the courage to step out in faith. His Word is my road map, and my job is to follow. When God calls, how should we reply. YES!
STUDY SUGGESTION: Read Isaiah 6. Isaiah, forgiven, did not kick up his heels and go on vacation. He set out to serve – with a resounding YES! “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8 KJV).”