Years ago I was on a building committee for a church I once attended.Â We were trying to determine what our budget for the building should be.Â Several suggestions were made and rejected because the majority of the committee considered them to be a goal we could not meet.Â We decided to wait until the next meeting to come up with a budget.Â We all agreed to pray about it.Â I remembered reading a book called â€œYour God is Too Smallâ€ and it brought to mind Jeremiah 32:17:Â â€œAh, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.Â Nothing is too hard for you.â€
At the next meeting I felt led to tell the committee that we should decide on a goal that we could not possibly meet.Â That way we could really partner with God and He would be glorified and not us.Â I am sad to report that I was outvoted.
Sometimes we are asked by God to take a big step into what looks like thin air in order to accomplish something he has called us to do.Â It becomes a matter of trust.Â Do we really trust God to be there to provide something solid for us to stand on, or do we let fear determine our actions?
Many times we get ahead of God because we want something to happen so badly that we donâ€™t really listen to God.Â Â Or, on the other hand, we may fail to get involved in something God wants us to do and in so doing, we miss out on the blessing God has for us. God will accomplish his plan with or without us.
Of course, we want to be sure that what we are about to undertake is really a calling from God.Â With that assurance, we can proceed with Godâ€™s plan and be certain that He will be there with us all the way.Â This doesnâ€™t always have to be a project like building a church; it can be in our everyday living.Â God wants to be involved in everything we do and every decision that we make.Â Listen for His direction.
Â â€œTrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.â€Â Proverbs 3:5-6
Â â€œAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.Â As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that comes out from my mouth:Â It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.â€ Isaiah 55:9-11
â€œBe still and know that I am God.â€Â Psalm 46:10