If the Bible reveals God’s will for me to do something, then I need to get off my backside and do it. If He’s already said it, He is not likely to show me a sign or write it in the sky.
John 4:48 (NIV) states: “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
Most of the time I fail to act on my faith in Jesus because I over-think and under-faith the thing of which the Holy Spirit is speaking to me. The well-known Christian author, Oswald Chambers, said:
“Waiting on God to act is fleshly unbelief. It means that I have no faith in Him. I wait for Him to do something in me so I may trust in that. But God won’t do it, because that is not the basis of the God-and-man relationship. Man must go beyond the physical body and feelings in his covenant with God, just as God goes beyond Himself in reaching out with his convenient to man. It is a question of faith – a very rare thing.”
Mr. Chambers makes an unusual statement in this quotation. He says, “I wait for Him to do something in me so I may trust in that.” Ouch.
I know there have been times in my life when I was guilty of seeking to put my faith in an act of God instead of God. It’s the Gideon’s sheepskin (Judges 6:37-39) trap. Gideon lived before Jesus ascended back to heaven and gave the Holy Spirit to all those that accept Him as Lord and Savior.
Let’s not forget what it means for Jesus to be our “Lord.” We need nothing more.