"faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" NKJV
" We live by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
We are supposed to give everything to God. Our worries, our doubts, our love, and our dreams having faith He hears us and takes care of us whether it's in our path of life or not.
1 Peter says "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you."
But I guess my question is where does Faith and personal intervention begin and end. It's been proven that prayer is a very powerful source. It's been the source of many miracles as well as many unexplained divine interventions (as Priscilla Shirer calls them). But where do we intervene?
Hebrews 13:5 says "Never will I leave you nor forsake you."
Yes, the Holy Spirit is with us but what if we pray, hear/feel nothing, make a decision that wasn't designed for us and leads us down another path. Yes, It has been preached that as long as we pray and love God, even if we take a different path than designed, He will follow us, be there with us the whole way. In taking matters into our own hands does that mean we lack the faith in God's timing? OR What are the consequences of just relying on Faith and never taking actions ourselves? What if we just continue to "Wish upon a star." It's hard not to plan our entire life out with the whole rat race, against yourself, others, and time. We only have one shot at this game and it helps to do things the right way the 1st time. Do we have faith enough in ourselves to give all our worries to God? Not stressing about something, whether it big or small, is hard enough, believe me I try to on a daily basis. I'm a constant worrier. I go on a constant cycle of "well this is something that I really need to pray about, but I'm stressed about it, well I need to give it to God Well, I'm STILL worrying about it and I'm not listening for his voice..ok, quiet time" 1 Minute passes and I'm already sidetracked by something I forgot to do today or plans for tonight's dinner, THEN I feel guilty for getting sidetrack and the cycle happens all over again, I'm sure I'm not alone.
I know there needs to be a happy medium of both God's timing and our actions. It's definitely a call and response form. Sometimes we do the calling and pray for God's response OR vice verse (in Jonah's case) God does the calling and we do the responding. I can't imagine the faith Abraham and Moses had to have had leading their people around, before technological advances, through the desert. God had only given them the first half of the clue no end, no longitude nor latitude. For it is written in Genesis 12:1
" The Lord had said to Abraham "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family and go to the Land that I WILL SHOW YOU"
No mention of a name, no state, no country. He just says, pick up your staff, leave everything you know behind, and follow me. It blows me away. How much would it bug you if, you as the driver, got in the car with someone and they were like "just drive, I'll let you know where we're going when we get there." HOW BIZARRE, that doesn't happen! LOL. It's not until Abraham travels a great distance ( I see no factual account in my bible of how far that was) that God reveals the land that He has planned for Abraham and his descendants.
I'm honestly not looking for a specific answer, there may not be one. I'm merely casting this question out. I guess you could say thinking out loud? It just might be one of those questions that may not have a right or wrong answer. I guess as long as you and I pray and let Him know what's on our hearts, God will lend us a helping hand one way or another.