Our Bible verse for today: “Help me understand your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “When God shows you what you to do, you need to act on it.”
One of the most common mistakes people make is failing to act on the guidance God has given them. We seek His guidance, we pray for His leading, but then when He shows us what He wants us to do, we don’t do it.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen this happen with people coming home from a mission trip. I’ve taken hundreds of people on international mission trips over the years, and I love to watch as God uses those experiences to open their eyes to things He had been trying to say to them, or to provide them the direction or guidance they’ve been seeking. Mission trips are often “mountaintop spiritual experiences”. We’re removed from all the hustle and bustle of normal life, God has our full attention, and He is able to speak to us more directly and more clearly than ever before. As a result, mission trips are often eye-opening experiences and people come home with a new vision from God.
Sadly, even though God has spoken to them, and even though they come home all fired-up and enthusiastic, once they’re home they often allow the vision to slide onto the back burner of life. The person quickly sinks back into the ebb and flow of everyday activities and life soon swallows them up again. Since the vision is now on the back burner and not getting much attention, soon the enthusiasm wanes and the vision fades, and it often ends up that they don’t do anything with the guidance God gave them. (My first book “Bringing it Home: A post-trip devotional guide for short-term international and domestic missions” was written to help prevent that very thing from happening”.
That example applies not just to those who have been on mission trips, but to anyone who is seeking God’s guidance about anything. When God speaks to you, you have to immediately do something with it. You have to protect the vision or guidance by nurturing it. Write it down; make a plan for how you’re going to fulfill it; take some initial steps in that direction; and pray about it every day. Keep it fresh in your mind and maintain your enthusiasm for it.
Don’t lose what God has given you! When God shows you what to do you need to protect it, nurture it, and quickly do something with it.