Over the past few years I have been shocked and stunned to discover that many Christians seem to believe any suggestion of action on our part means you are placing confidence in yourself rather than in God. I have to tell you, this belief frightens me because I believe it leads to apathy and inaction. I believe this leads to spiritual paralysis. Of course we don't save ourselves but we must respond to God's call! Jesus called his disciples and they came. That is an action.
As I pondered this, I thought about Noah. God told him of the coming flood and then told Noah what he needed to do in order to be saved. However, it was then up to Noah to respond to what God had said. Was he going to obey God and begin work on the ark as God had directed him to do or not?
So what would have happened if there had been no response from Noah? Would God have built an ark Himself? Certainly He could have but that wasn't His plan. God's call required a response, an action on the part of Noah. Had Noah failed to respond it is highly unlikely that as a descendent of Noah, you would be reading this right now.
As I think about men and women in the Bible, I realize this is not an isolated occurrance. I think of Moses, Elijah, David, Nehemiah, Deborah, Esther, Peter, Paul and others like them. God's call required a response on the part of His people. Even if God is calling you to Ã¢Â€Âœbe stillÃ¢Â€ that is still requiring an action on your part. Try being still for an extended period of time and see what I mean! I believe this is just as true for us today as it was back then. When God calls, what will your action be?