Do your children ever ask you to help them with their homework and then they sit there? It is like they want you to do the work and they want to sit by and observe. It seems ridiculous to you, doesn’t it. You expect them to get involved and participate on some level. They need to engage.
Why do we think it is ridiculous when we’re the parent, but not so much when we’re the child? We ask God to get involved in our lives and help us in situations and then we sit back waiting for Him to solve everything. One of my favorite sayings my Daddy used to tell us all the time was “God feeds all the sparrows, but He doesn’t throw the worms in the nest.” We’ve got to engage in life’s situations and be a participant. God called us to a partnership with Him, not a show.
Psalm 119:35 says “Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight.” God may tell us the way, but we have to be willing to walk it. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” God agrees to partner with us, to help and guide us, but He requires some effort from us.
What are you asking God to help you with today? Are you doing your part? Are your feet moving? “Do not ask God to guide your footsteps unless you are willing to move your feet!”