What to Do When God Says “Go”
by Elizabeth Laing Thompson
Go: the smallest of words, the biggest of meanings. It may be one of God’s favorite words.
Sometimes life is calm. Secure. Peaceful. Nothing scary, each day much like the one before. That’s usually when God shows up. That’s usually when God says, “Go.”
Sometimes God calls dramatically, in miracle and flame. Sometimes He calls subtly, in stillness and whisper, so soft we won’t hear if we aren’t listening. Sometimes through His Word, sometimes through a friend, sometimes through life events.
However He speaks, God calls to us all. We are called for different roles, in different ways, at different points in our lives: one season holds one purpose, the next holds another. We are God’s people, His instruments, and He wants to use us. As Romans 8:28 puts it, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” According to His purpose. God has plans for each of us. He has work for us to do, work He prepared a long time ago, work He has equipped us to accomplish: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Our God is always calling His people to go: to move, to give, to grow. Moses, Abigail, Mary, Jeremiah. . . God called them all to fulfill His purposes, just as He calls us today. Our Bible heroes responded much as we do: with a jumbled-up inner storm of excitement and fear, insecurity and hope. Like us, they faced doubt, regret, weakness. Their stories and struggles can help us face our own.
The question isn’t Is God calling?, because God is always call-ing. Always urging us onward, giving us purpose, encouraging us to grow. The question is Will we answer His call?
Maybe it’s time to go. Go somewhere new, someplace we’ve never been. A geographical place, a spiritual place, a relational place. Maybe it’s time to move forward after being stuck with one foot in the past. Or time to go deeper—in Bible study or intimacy. Time to go higher—in prayer or in dreams.
Maybe it’s time to give: to use talents and opportunities God has given.
Or maybe it’s time to grow, right where we are: to dig into the Word, dive into our heart, and become the person God is calling us to be.
When God says, “Go,” we face a choice. Will we swallow hard and step up, saying, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)? Or will we sit back and stay safe, stammering, “But Lord. . .”?
Whether we’re ready or not, God is calling us all to go some-where new in our walk with Him. So what are we waiting for? Let’s answer His call. Let’s go for it.
Pick up a copy of When God Says “Go” by Elizabeth Laing Thompson for more insight on how to answer God’s call.
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