You ever seen one of those maps at the mall or maybe an amusement part. They show a map of the entire mall or park, or at least the section you are in. There is usually a big area pointing to where you are with a big red dot indicating your exact location. Then there are the words “You are HERE” emblazoned nearby. The point of these maps is to help you determine where you are and to find out where you want to go next.
What if the map didn’t help you find out where you were to go next?
Faith can sometimes feel like that. Your looking at a map of your life/ministry/family and all you see is a big red dot proclaiming “YOU ARE HERE!” You desperately what to know what is next, but all you can see is this map telling you where you are.
I already know where I am!!
Maybe you don’t actually scream this, but somewhere inside you are screaming that you already know where you are. I have actually stood next to the lake at my last church and yelled at God nearly demanding to know what came next. Over and over again all I would get was “YOU ARE HERE.”
Abide a while. Acts 1:4 tells us of Jesus telling the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they received the Father’s promise. They were having a YOU ARE HERE moment. We know this because they asked Jesus in verse 6, “Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time.” In other words, what comes next? What’s the next step? Where do we go from here? But, Jesus responds, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.” In other words:
That’s for the Father to worry about.
Let me ask you some questions:
- Did God bring you to where you are?
- Do you believe that HE has a plan?
- Do you trust His plan?
- Would you rather live by His plan than by YOURS?
If the answer to all of these is yes, then YOU ARE HERE is all you need to know. God spoke this to me just this morning. As I sat in my quiet time I closed my eyes, laid my head back and tried to shut out all distractions. I was determined to hear from God. So, as I sat in this posture of listening, I asked God, “What’s the next step.” Immediately, almost if I heard Him speaking I heard Him say, “Don’t worry about the next step.”
It’s not our place to worry about the next step.
The Bible promises to be “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” The type of light that this passage talks about is only enough to see just a short distance in front of you. It is not enough light to see the entire path, but that is what we often want. If God has brought you to where you are, then you need to take some time to consider why you are here. Why did God bring you to where you are. I can almost guarantee that it wasn’t to simply start looking for the next step.
God will tell you what is next.
God has a plan and He will work his plan. His desire is to work WITH you. He doesn’t need you, but He has chosen you. But, if you are to hear what He is saying, to hear what the next step is and when to take it, YOU HAVE TO BE LISTENING. All to often we listen for God when we are ready to move on to the next thing, or when we want Him to bless OUR plans. If we want to regularly hear from God, then we must be regularly listening. We MUST set up a regular (preferably daily) time to listen to God. Don’t simply read the Bible. Don’t spend the whole time throwing your requests at Him. These things are good, but take some time to simply listen, to be still and know that He is GOD.Matt Norman
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