Do it – one step at a time – but just do it!

November 13,2011

Why is it that some of our hopes seem to go unfulfilled? Here’s what I believe, based on personal experience, are the basic reasons:

* What I am hoping for is not part of God’s will.

* I expect immediate gratification. I want it all and I want it now. I don’t have the patience to wait for God’s timing.

* I expect God to do it all for me. I am not willing to work with God under His direction to see my hopes fulfilled. I’d rather do it my way.

* Or just the opposite, I believe I can, should, or must do it all myself. I don’t need God to tell me how to do it.

I’ve lived in this world long enough (71 years) to know that if a there is something I am hoping for, I need to pray for assurance that it is part of God’s will. I also know if I receive that assurance I must patiently participate with God, under His guidance and direction, as He fulfills that hope, in His time and His way.

I have found that when I do this I begin see that my hope is being fulfilled. I see some evidence of good news in the midst of bad news. Nevertheless, there are still times when I fail to seek God’s guidance and direction as to my part in the fulfillment of God-given hopes. Sometimes I still proceed in a way that is contrary to God’s will (I try to do it my way) or I don’t proceed at all. Then I wonder why I can’t see any progress toward fulfillment of my hope.

Recently I decided to examine why this happens. I discovered that it happens when I have the sense that in order to do my part in working with God in the fulfillment of the hope that is before me, I’m going to overwhelmed with having to learn a lot of new information, directions, instructions, schedules, deadlines, etc. Then I begin to tell myself things like: “I’m too old for that; I don’t have time for that; I never dealt with anything like that before; I don’t have the experience or knowledge I’m sure I will need for that”.

Then I prayed about it. God’s response was to point out  that however He wanted me to participate with Him in fulfilling my God-given hopes, would never be beyond my ability, experience, knowledge, or any other excuse I could come up with. I was reminded that throughout my life God had always given me all the guidance, direction, resources, time, and whatever else I needed to do my part in God’s work. He would do the same now and always, as long as my hope was part of His will.

God’s message to me was very simple. Trust God to do His part. Trust God to give me all I need to do my part. And whenever I feel that my God-given part is going to be too much for me to handle, then tell myself:

“Do it – one step at a time –  but just do it”!

Is there something you are hoping for, and you are convinced it’s part of God’s will? But you find yourself putting it aside because it looks like it’s going to be beyond your ability? Are you on the verge of giving up? Or maybe not even starting? Then ask yourself these questions:

* Are you convinced your hope is part of God’s will?

* Are you willing to proceed according to God’s time and His way?

* Are you willing to do the work God gives you to participate with Him as He works to fulfill your hope?

* Do you believe that God will give you everything you need to do your part?

If you can say “yes” to all of these questions, then tell yourself:

“Do it – one step at a time – but just do it”!

If you do that I believe you will eventually begin to see your hope and God’s  will being fulfilled.

Grace and peace,  Ray

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