Rise and Go: How to get where God wants you to be.

Most people wrestle occasionally with knowing God’s will for their life. This often perplexing endeavor can become especially frustrating for people like myself who like to have a detailed plan before they take their first step. But, God doesn’t always give all the details, and waiting for them may actually keep us from experiencing what He wants for us.

The story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-40 describes one such situation. Simply put, God wants one man (Philip) to meet another man (Ethiopian) so that Philip can tell him about Jesus. Through divine prompting, Philip is given a location and told to, “Rise and Go.”

Philip doesn’t know why he’s going or what he’s going to do when he gets there. He doesn’t have a plan. He doesn’t have all the details worked out. All he knows is that he is told to “rise and go” so he “rose and went.”

Even after getting where God told him to go, he still doesn’t know what he’s doing there. Only after taking that first step, does God tell him the next step to take.

The same is true in our own lives. Discovering God’s will is a faith process that requires continual steps of obedience. It is a series of “next step” moments we have to take until we finally find out, “This is why God led me here.”

And consider this, if Philip doesn’t go, the story never happens. The Ethiopian might have someone else guide him to Jesus, but Philip doesn’t get to be a part. Even if Philip hesitates for just an hour, the Ethiopian is down the road and Philip misses out on the opportunity. But, because he listened and obeyed, he’s at just the right place, to meet just the right person, at just the right moment.

Do you feel like God might be leading you somewhere to do something? Remember, you probably won’t know the entire plan. Don’t wait for all the details before you move. Don’t be the story that never happened. “Rise and go” and trust in God to guide you along the way.

What do you think it is about most people that makes us want to have all the details before we move? 

  • Such great advice, Donovan! I can’t tell you how many years of my life I searched for that ever elusive “master plan”. Somehow I thought I was going to get a point by point outline of my life’s grand purpose so that I could start my life. Only there’s a huge problem with that philosophy. Years passed as I searched and I wasted time feeling dissatisfied with where I was just because I didn’t know what was next. Somewhere along the way, I realized my purpose might just be to be aware of my role in each moment of my own life as it already is – enjoying it and looking for ways to show God’s love there – instead of constantly looking to the next thing. We never know how long life will last. While there may be some overarching plan to what we’re doing here, it may not be clear until much later. I am learning to commit my heart to God and let him direct my steps and my divinely arranged moments. 🙂  

    • dpchristian

      I agree Monna. There is much to be said about living in the present and not placing your hope (or joy or happiness, etc.) in the some possible future event.

  • Sjpeters03

    Story of my life!  I am too worried about the big picture to start a journey, not knowing how it will all come together.  Thanks for the words of encouragement!