Reactive or Proactive?

July 11, 2013

Those are not terms we normally associate with God.  But it might be helpful to examine your view of God in light of those concepts.

For example, do you imagine that God is waiting for you to ask Him to help you?  Is He involved in a lot of things and may – or may not – get around to taking care of you depending on His workload?  Does your prayer encourage Him to act, because otherwise, He wouldn’t have thought of it?

The Bible rebukes that outlook.  Isaiah reassuringly states, “before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (65:24)  And Jesus said of his heavenly Father that He “knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”  (Matt 6:8)

The online Free Dictionary defines proactive in part, as: “Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty; anticipatory.”  That only tells part of the story about God.  Certainly He is available to help us in the midst of or to avoid difficulty.

But more than that, we need to see Him as supplying everything we ever need – ever.  Our view of God needs to be big enough to expect Him to care for us at all times and in all ways, just as Jesus expected – and experienced.  Even in ways that are beyond our difficulties but actually preparing us to receive infinite and ongoing good.

Did Jesus ever wonder if God was going to show up and follow through while the Master was healing the sick or feeding the multitude?  Before he raised Lazarus from the dead he prayed, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.  And I knew that thou hearest me always.”  (John 11:41,42)  That’s the God – the divine Love – that Jesus expected us to also know and rely on.

Is your view of God that big?  With God, all things are possible.

9 Responses to “Reactive or Proactive?”

  1. patmcoll Says:

    That is so helpful, especially for people who are praying diligently for God to take some action. I have learned that to the extent I can KNOW that God has already made a path, will lift my eyes, ears and thought up to see the answers, I am relieved of worry. I have often thought of God sort of like Niagara Falls, constantly rolling on, constantly supplying more water than anyone would ever need, and if I take my glass, hold it right side up, there will be more than enough to quench my thirst. In listneing to God, I always have to make sure my glass is right side up and ready to receive the Blessing!!! Thanks Melissa.

  2. Rafikka Says:

    This is so true! At times I act as if I have to almost activate His Love somehow. Those times are when I have to broaden my view and remember that “All things are possible.” That quote is so uplifting. Thanks, Melissa.

  3. Amy Duncan Says:

    I just learned (today!) that the way to understanding that God is always at the ready is to companion with Him constantly, live in His love at all times, the way Eddy and Jesus did.

  4. Ian Gudger Says:

    Thanks, Melissa. Great post. I love how you broke down some if the traditional beliefs about God using two words everyone can relate to. Thanks.

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