One of my favourite scriptures is Daniel 11:32, “But the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (ESV). Anyone who knows God and understands His ways will know that God expects us to take action. God cannot bless our good intentions, only what we actually do!
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 21:28-31. “There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted? ‘The first,’ they answered” (NIV).
The moral of the story is clear: good intentions and empty promises are not enough. God is looking for men and women of action! “Be ye doers of the word,” James says, “and not hearers only” (James 1:22).
Second Corinthians 9:10 says God gives seed to the sower. God’s way is counter-intuitive. We would say, “God should first provide the seed, then I will sow.” But God says, “Sow first, and then I will provide the seed.” While we are waiting for God to provide, God is waiting for us to act. It is our demonstrated faith that moves God’s heart and hand, not just our need.