When In Doubt, Go Back to The Last Thing God Told You to Do

January 26, 2008 at 8:20 pm 3 comments

back-space-photo-935286.jpgI’ve heard it said that when you don’t know what to do, go back to the last clear instruction you heard God give you. 

Sound advice.

The example often cited is Moses.  God gave him an instruction of an overall vision he held to when things seemed sketchy.  He needed that.  We all do. 

However, I’ve ALSO noticed that in my own life, I don’t work very well with “stale instructions”.  More often than not, I am praying, “God, you promised full, vibrant, rich, full-to-overflowing life for your followers.  I’m sold out to you, so would you please inspire me?  Encourage me.  Direct me.  Help me get the job done, and make you proud.  I think that’s how you want me to live…inspired and encouraged by you.  I’ll seek it.  Please lead and teach and bless to the glory of your name.”


God seems to not delay in putting the smile back into my work, somehow.  My understanding is:  go back to the last thing he told you to do, but don’t let that instruction seem stale.  Let him keep breathing new life, inspiration, purpose, motivation, and resources your way.  He’ll do it.  And, yeah…in the meantime, just do it.In personal news:  2008 Goals.  Weekend is time when I review my “one little word”, and my “one verse”.  Tonight, I noticed some key things about my verse (2 Tim 2:22) that will change the way I’m dealing with it.  Each week, God is enlarging it in my mind and it’s so fun to have something waiting for me, even if I feel I’ve missed everything else.  It seems to be a simple way to keep me focused and on track.  I’m not going to share all those insights here tonight.  They seem “for me” for now.  I just made a personal paper journal for those thoughts tonight with…{gasp} a real pen.  Something about writing with a real pen and that pen is personal and refreshing and impressionable.

But, I WILL say…our God is a God who inspires.  Seek it out for every part of life.  Live impassioned.  Live purposefully.  Live energized.  Encouraged.  Enriched.  Motivated.  I believe He just wants us to ask and seek with a right heart and He will do it.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MaryAnn  |  January 27, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Thank you! I needed to see and hear this this morning. Just do it! And keep doing it.

  • 2. mandythompson  |  January 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    so wise!
    thanks for the reminder

  • 3. Mich  |  July 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    I was looking at a thing and lost the feed. Not thinking I said, “go back to the last thing”,: to the phone. And happened on to this sight by accident. Thank you God for reminding me what to do.

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