One of our wedding hymns, all those years ago, was ‘Trust and Obey’. I suppose you have to do the first, to be able to do the second.
When Abraham gave the edict for all males within his household to be circumcised, (Genesis 17 v 23) it very much demonstrated that at long last he was trusting God – for he was still very much an alien in the land, with many threats, both human and animal all around them. To temporarily debilitate every male in the place made the whole household very vulnerable. Abraham must have trusted that God was going to honour his word, for if they were all killed, there would have been no possession of the land, and no descendents. Trust led to immediate obedience. No stopping and thinking, no planning, no arguments. It was simply done.
I spoke a couple of days ago, in God, you must be joking! about how easy it is to water down a vision, and plan it out of existence. I think here we have another clue in how to handle a project that you feel God has led you to do. Don’t proscrastinate! Abraham must have known the possible dangers of the task in hand; and of course there are nearly always risks in a faith venture. I am not suggesting irresponsible behaviour, but I know I do talk myself out of the things God has put on my heart.
When you book a holiday, you normally are asked to pay a deposit in advance, and then complete the payments nearer the time. This proves that you are serious about going, and not intending to back out from the deal. Maybe this is a way forward. Find some way of making a ‘downpayment’ on your project. This could be sharing the vision with someone who will check it out, encourage and support you; or maybe opening a bank account, or perhaps even a simple thing like a new folder (physical or virtual) to collect the information. The important thing, is to do it right away!
For most of the time, though, it’s the little things God is speaking to us about -to speak to someone on the bus, invite a neighbour for coffee or to church, help out at a youth meeting, visit someone sick…Yet even these things we talk ourselves out of, and we just run out of time to do them. Don’t delay…Do it right away…TRUST AND OBEY!