When God isn't Moving

Updated: Apr 4, 2018

What a tricky thing to say. But often times we feel this way. We want to know why the promises aren't manifesting. We want to know why the blessing hasn't taken place. We want to know why nothing we're doing seems to be working. We just can't seem to figure out why God is silent, instead of giving us step by step instructions on what to do now, next, and tomorrow. If only He would speak and move.

There's this crazy saying that "prayer moves the hands of God." Doesn't make much sense to me. He's God with or without us praying. Now, does prayer produce certain things? Absolutely! But to imply our prayers move Him would suggest that He's a puppet waiting for us to steer Him in the next direction.

God is always moving. The question is, why do you feel as if He's not? What's going on that has you feeling like you're missing something? Why can't you seem to travel down this spiritual journey smoothly as others are doing? I wonder... who ever told you it's being done smoothly for them? It's interesting when people say this wish they had a relationship with God like I do. It's funny for 2 reasons. 1, you don't know what it took for us to get here. It hasn't been easy. 2, everyone's relationship is going to be different.

What I can tell you is this: if you want God to move, YOU need to move. Move and do SOMETHING. Either He'll push you, showing that you're heading in the right direction. Or He'll steer you back in the right direction. In Psalm 23:4, it states " Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." The rod and staff were of great importance. The rods were meant to protect. They were used as weapons of defense and discipline. While the staff has a curved hook at the end, it's used to guide those who are wandering into dangerous territory. The purpose is to keep the sheep close by.

So we should take great comfort knowing that God is with us. And His rod and staff comfort us. The greatest gift He's given you, though, is His Word. Reading the Bible is one of the best things you can ever do. Don't be intimidated. Don't think you have to start from the beginning, or read an hour's worth each day, or spend 2 hours before going to bed at night. Just start somewhere. Maybe God isn't moving because you're not. Maybe He's waiting on you.

We're quick to complain and grumble, thinking God isn't moving at all or not fast enough. But it's often based on our actions or even laziness. There's a myriad of reasons: disobedience, wrong direction, sin, etc. But the good thing is that as you read the Bible and meditate on His Word, He'll reveal to you everything you need to know. A word from godly counsel is awesome. But there's nothing like moving in order to get a word from God on your own.

I can tell many reasons why it may seem like He's not moving. But either way, I promise He is with you. While we may not understand everything about Him, He does want us in relationship with Him so we have a better understanding as to who He is. And reading His Word shows times He's moved and done things a way that wasn't expected. But it made sense. And as the readers, we get a glimpse into our own lives and situations, and how He's at work.

So God is always moving. It just may not be the manner in which you desire...

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