“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
As followers of Jesus I believe (and certainly hope) that our sincerest desire is to follow His plan for our lives. However, often times before taking a step of faith we want to be 100% sure that we clearly understand the step we are supposed to take. The problem with this theory however, is that the 100% certainty never comes. While this lack of absolute conviction has often left me paralyzed in indecision, waiting for further clarity from the Lord, I have picked up two simple concepts after listening to and reading behind Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC that have been so helpful to me that I want to pass them on to you if you are not yet familiar with them.
First, Pastor Furtick suggests that God does not give us 100% certainty when it comes to taking a step of faith. When talking about hearing God’s direction, Furtick says “On a good day, I’m 55 percent sure. And that’s enough certainty to take the next step” (Furtick, Sun Stand Still, p. 69). For me, this simple concept has been huge. Now, instead of waiting around for further clarity, when I am 55% sure of the direction I should go, I prayerfully take a step forward asking God to redirect me if I am off course. Second, in a message, Pastor Furtick made the suggestion that when you take a step of faith, continue to “go until you get a no.” While this is pretty self-explanatory, the idea is that when you sense God is leading you in a particular direction, prayerfully proceed forward, and don’t stop, until He tells you otherwise.
Imagine with me what could happen in this world if as believers we applied these two ideas on a daily basis. What are you 55% sure God is calling you to do? What step are you going to take today to move in that direction? And remember, once you take a step, don’t stop unless God tells you otherwise! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through you after taking that first step!