“Lord, please give me clarity…”
I’ve prayed that prayer quite a lot lately reasoning that if I am sure of God’s leading I can step forward in confidence.
However, in a recent discussion with my daughter about my desire for clarity, she said, “I’m not sure that is biblical.” Hmmm…I had never considered that possibility.
God’s guidance is the subject of much interest and a variety of opinions. Some seek God’s regular input on everyday decisions and others just check in from time to time to make sure they’re on the right track. I generally operate somewhere in between, trying to remain open for specific guidance, yet in the absence of such clarity making the best decision I can. Either way, I trust the Spirit is leading the process.
Lately, inspired by my daughter’s provocative question, I’ve been asking myself a different question. Should I be praying for clarity or for the faith to step forward in spite of a lack of clarity?
There are examples of both in Scripture. (Of course – you know it’s never a formula.)
Israel’s Old Testament judges and kings regularly consulted God for their marching orders. (Literally.) Should we fight this battle or not?, they would ask. And God would tell them.
In other instances we have no record of specific directions but of an act of crazy faith. David stepped up to fight Goliath trusting that “the armies of the living God” and his own skill obtained as a shepherd would be enough to win the battle. He was right. It was risky decision motivated by faith and confidence in God.
God may or may not provide precise instructions, but there is one thing about which the Bible is absolutely clear. God always desires and honors faith.
If God sent me an email every day with “correct” answers to all the day’s decision, would there be any room for my faith? Faith, I’m beginning to realize, is action taken out of love for God and a correct understanding of his moral will, his power and his heart.
Perhaps that’s all the clarity I need.
If we are sure, like David was, that our adversaries or challenges or obstacles are no match for the “armies of the living God,” we might take some crazy steps of faith. Detailed directives would be easier!
I still pray for clarity, but now I also pray for the faith to act in the clarity that I have.
What do you think? Does God promise clear marching orders? Have you learned to take steps of faith in spite of lack of clarity? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of following God’s guidance.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1