I have discovered that the Lord will give me the biggest confirmations after I obey Him, not before. I’ve always wanted the Lord to give me confirmation before I follow His leading, and maybe sometimes He does that. But recently, confirmation has come following obedience. And it has been overwhelming.
This morning, I was reading in Exodus about Moses leading God’s people out of Egypt. In obedience to God, Moses marched two million people to the edge of the Red Sea. Then the sea parted. Now that’s what I call a confirmation!
One of the reasons we do not have more divine guidance is that we have not followed the instruction God has already given us in His Word.”David Jeremiah
On February 15, 2020, I wrote a blog “Soften My Heart, Lord”. I explained that someone close to me recently told me she was selling everything she owns and moving to a 3rd World country to help orphaned and abandoned children. I was shocked and speechless. I could hear my heart pounding in my chest. (Your moving where?)
I kept looking for confirmation that my friend’s decision was really God’s will. My friend had received confirmation, but I just didn’t know for sure. God was asking me to trust Him, that He was able to keep her safe. He was testing my faith in Him.
After my friend actually took off in the plane, we started seeing major confirmations. I will share one of them.
I was selling a car and had posted a For Sale sign on the window and parked it on a busy street. One day, soon after her plane left the US, the phone rang. A woman was inquiring about the car. She said she would have to pray about it first. I thought, “Oh good! I’ll tell her about my friend’s move.”
As soon as I started telling her story, I began to sob. I was so choked up, I could hardly speak. The woman on the phone preached me a little “sermon” on the goodness of God and why I should trust Him. Then she prayed for me. Everything she prayed was confirmation.
She said, “You’re not crying because you’re sad. You’re crying because God is there with you. Through my tears, all I could manage to get out was, “Yes”. I felt God’s loving presence and I knew it was no accident that this woman had called me.
She told me to call her anytime if I needed prayer again. She said she stayed up all night praying for people sometimes.
I never heard from her again. I don’t know if she was real or if an angel called me, but I can tell you this: It was overwhelming. It was not an ordinary experience. I knew God had really called my friend to leave all she had and follow Him.
“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11 NIV
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:9 NIV
So the next time you’re looking for confirmation, maybe God is looking for faith first. Step out in obedience. If it’s something big, the confirmation will be big, too. Remember Moses and the parting of the Red Sea.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” Psalm 40:4 NIV
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