Confirmation After Faith

Sometimes confirmation comes after faith

Sometimes when we beg the Lord for confirmation or a sign, what we’re really saying is that:

  • We don’t want to walk by faith- we want to walk by sight.
  • We don’t find His direction in Scripture enough.
  • We don’t take Him at His Word that He’ll always be with us.
God’s leading often asks us to 'go' without us knowing the where. Or to follow with hope instead of with certainty. Click To Tweet

His confirmation often comes after our faith has been grown.

“God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’” –Exodus 3:12 

Just think-

Moses was standing in front of a burning bush, hearing the voice of God. He wasn’t entirely sure this was God. He had good reason to think that the people he was being sent to wouldn’t believe him. God was sending him back to a land he fled from because he was going to be killed there.

Moses would be returning to slavery to speak to oppressed, worn people who his relationship with was complicated at best. He was to tell all these people that God Himself had sent him, that generations of oppression were about to end with no warning, and that they were going to leave the mud pits triumphant and enter a glorious promised land they would call their own.

God was asking him to follow by faith, not by sight. Click To Tweet

The sign? The confirmation?

It was going to come after all the crazy stuff. “When” Moses had obeyed, “when” the people were already freed, and “when” what seemed impossible was accomplished…that was “when” Moses would have it confirmed that it was indeed God who sent him in the first place!

Would Moses have even doubted by then?

God would be with Him. There would come a day after walking through very treacherous times by faith that Moses would return to the mountain where God first spoke to Him.

And THEN Moses would know what He needed to know most…

God was the One who sent Him. God, who said He would be with him, would have been beside Him all that time.

So it goes for us.

We walk by faith. We obey what His Word already says, even when we want more explanations and directions. We believe God that He is with us.

We trust that someday, we’ll turn around and recognize what is then behind us is one big, brilliant sign: God sent us, and He has been with us all the time.

Let’s walk by faith as Moses did, for:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” –Hebrews 11:1

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4 Replies to “Confirmation After Faith

  1. Thanks for this encouragement to step out in faith, Bethany! I hadn’t noticed before that Moses would only have a sign from God after he had obeyed. I definitely relate to wanting certainty and confirmation but it’s so true that it’s often only with hindsight that we can see what God was doing.

    1. Thanks the encouragement, Lesley! I sometimes wish God gave more signs before asking us to obey- but I trust He has a reason (or many!) for asking us to act on faith first. What a gift His faithfulness is often so clear in hindsight!

  2. I love that Hebrews verse. I do need to learn to walk in faith. I find myself relying on my own limited instincts too much. Thank you for the gentle nudge!

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