Stop Waiting for God to Tell You What to Do

There are plenty of sincere people who are just floating right now, looking for God to give them a place to land.

I have friends who are working in jobs that just aren’t the right fit. Either the work isn’t in their skill set, their coworkers are difficult, or the vision of the employer is contrary to their values.

And there are people who feel that they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do — with hearts set on digging wells, or feeding orphans, or helping the elderly.

Justin Zoradi, writing for Don Miller’s Storyline Blog, talks about a friend who spent his days faithfully bussing tables. All the while, he was waiting for God’s call, sincerely believing there would be a sign, a voice or a clear indication of what his next step should be.

“I don’t think God works like that,” Zoradi writes. “Your purpose in life will never be written on the wall. And it will never be revealed to you in full.”

“You want to do meaningful work? Stop sitting on your hands waiting for God to tell you what to do.”

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It doesn’t take much time in the Bible before I can find plenty of things that I should be doing.  I don’t need a memo in a bottle. I don’t need a skywriter. I don’t need a 10-point plan.

It’s obvious to me without any prompting that I have attitudes to fix, forgiveness to seek, and bridges to build. Opening the Pages won’t give me an exact parts list for what I’m trying to build, but it provides a pretty great blueprint.

There is something to be said about simply acting with the knowledge you have. Even if you don’t see the big picture, there’s something refreshing about acting in faith and trusting God for the rest.

Living a Life of Yes usually means you’ll spend a bunch of your time stumbling along in the dark. But there is a light. It might be a pinhole in the inky sky. It might be a lightning bug giving a second of brilliance just enough to cheer you on in the dark.

Take what you have – your skills, passions, talents – and get moving.

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