I look back at some things I’ve done and wonder, “Did God really want me to do that? Did He really say go?”
How do we know when we’re supposed to step out in faith?
In 2012, we believe God told our family to move and foster many children in a unique situation. We lived on a ranch owned by a foster agency and cared for up to twelve children at a time. The whole experience was overwhelming. The number of physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges we faced daily were extreme. Other couples lasted six weeks. We stayed fourteen months. When we returned home, I showed signs of PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
People have asked and I wonder, "Were the constant strains on our livelihood indicators we hadn’t obeyed God’s plan? Was the outcome evident of doing something against God’s will?" I don’t think so. I think it was a one-time plan for one family in one season.
We all have a unique path to live and we are the only ones who can live it. We need the Holy Spirit to speak to each of our hearts. We need to learn how to hear God’s voice so we can discern His will for us.
We also need to make choices to step out into faith even when it’s hard or the results aren’t pleasant.
Knowing when and how to walk in faith is challenging. Unfortunately, we can’t look for an absence of issues or a flurry of positive open doors to tell us, “Yes, this is the way. Walk in it.” Nor can we look at a string of negative events and assume it’s not God’s will.
What can we do?
Whether you feel that nudge to do something, or that tireless edge of hopelessness because nothing’s changing, here are five signs God might be calling you to step out in faith.