Sometimes God requires people to take action before He acts. Read about the powerful way obedience can impact our lives through various examples from the Bible. These stories demonstrate how taking initiative in faith can lead to a divine intervention. Learn how your actions can open doors to God’s miraculous work.

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In the familiar story of Jonah we meet a man who had a call on his life. A call to be used by God. But we see a man who didn’t heed the call and got into a situation that could be expected to bring on death. First Jonah was trapped in a torrential storm, then thrown overboard into the sea, before being swallowed whole by a big fish.

I find it interesting that it was after Jonah realigned his priorities in the belly of the fish, worshipped God, and thanked Him, that God spoke to the fish and Jonah was thrown up and onto the shore.

Sometimes God allows our adverse circumstances to see His goodness and faithfulness. Despite the terrifying storm and being eaten alive by a creature of the sea, Jonah came to his senses and remembered who his God was and all He had done for him. Following Jonah’s display of repentance and gratitude, God saved his life and brought him back to a safe place on dry land.

There are many instances in scripture where we are encouraged to be thankful in all things. There are also many examples of when God required his people to take action before He acted on their behalf.

9 Examples in the Bible where people took action, then God acted on their behalf.

  1. Exodus 14:15-16 – Moses Parting the Red Sea – God instructed Moses to lift his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea to divide the water. Moses had to act in faith before the waters parted, allowing the Israelites to escape the pursuing Egyptian army.
  2. Joshua 6:1-5 – Joshua and the Battle of Jericho – God commanded Joshua and the Israelites to march around the city of Jericho for six days and then seven times on the seventh day with the priests blowing trumpets. Only after they followed these instructions did the walls of Jericho fall.
  3. 2 Kings 4:1-7 – The Widow’s Oil – The prophet Elisha told a widow to collect as many empty jars as possible from her neighbors. She was then to pour oil into all these jars. The oil did not run out until every jar was filled, providing her with enough to sell to pay her debts and live on the surplus.
  4. Luke 5:4-6 – Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish – Jesus instructed Simon Peter to put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch. Despite Simon’s initial skepticism due to having caught nothing all night, he obeyed Jesus’ command and subsequently caught a massive number of fish.
  5. 2 Kings 5:10-14 – Naaman’s Healing – Naaman, a Syrian general suffering from leprosy, was told by the prophet Elisha to wash himself seven times in the Jordan River. Despite his initial pride and reluctance, Naaman’s obedience led to his miraculous healing.
  6. John 5:8 – The Healing at the Pool – Jesus told a man who had been an invalid for 38 years, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” The man took action based on Jesus’ words and was healed immediately.
  7. Psalm 37:4-5 – “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
  8. Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
  9. Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

When have you had to trust God in the midst of your storm, when you couldn’t see what He was doing?

When has God provided for you in one of life’s storms?

 

 

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Sometimes God requires people to take action before He acts. Read about the powerful way obedience can impact our lives through various examples from the Bible. These stories demonstrate how taking initiative in faith can lead to a divine intervention. Learn how your actions can open doors to God’s miraculous work.

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