No Need to See ‘Red’

by Lester Young

Have you ever noticed that when the Lord drops a ‘dream’ into your heart – a God-inspired idea, and often a big one; something you kinda know that He wants you to do – it’s typically not when all the lights are showing ‘Green’ all the way down the street as far as you can see? Quite often, in fact, you can see the very first traffic light just a half-block away – and it’s really, really ‘Red.’ Actually, upon closer inspection, you may notice that you’ve never seen or imagined such bright, blinding Redness!

So, you put things off for the moment, rationalizing that it’s not the best time because conditions are just not conducive right now for you to start a project or business like that. You don’t know exactly how to do it. You don’t have the money. You don’t see how you can get it done. All of which are very valid and compelling reasons to hold off – in the natural.

Unfortunately, “in the natural” doesn’t (or, at least, shouldn’t) apply to those who are in Christ. After all, the word ‘Christ’ itself, by definition, negates and supersedes ‘the natural.’ It refers equally to the Anointed One (the Lord Jesus) as well as to the Anointing that’s on Him; and that Anointing is, literally, the Spirit – the Presence, the power – of God applied to (smeared or rubbed on and residing in) flesh for the purpose of accomplishing those things that only God can do. (That’s exactly what God meant when He said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them” [Leviticus 26:12; 2 Corinthians 6:16]). Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit after His baptism in order to empower Him to fulfill His ministry here on earth (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:9-10; Luke 3:21-22). Now, three guesses as to why we’re given that selfsame Spirit (and the first two don’t count).

Although our heavenly Father most certainly does have a sense of humor (and if you don’t think so, just google ‘ostrich’ and take a look at a couple of those head shots…but I digress), He doesn’t time things in that manner in order to sit back with a bag of popcorn and watch us fall flat on our proverbial faces. Quite the contrary. Although He could undoubtedly add a ridiculous number of other reasons as well, I think the main thrust of why God does it the way He does it is to get us out of and away from our own puny abilities and ‘limiting’ thoughts. Remember, as a person thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). That’s why Isaiah 55:7-9 constantly exhorts us to forsake our own (not just sinful; but also small, lowly and powerless) thoughts and adopt His thoughts, which are higher, powerful, limitless and just plain right.

When God gives us a project to do, He doesn’t mean for us to do it – or even try to do it – by ourselves. Never did; never will. It’s we (as it always is) who immediately start looking around and trying to ‘figure out’ how we’re going to do what He’s told us to do. And, when we look down that road and invariably see all the obstacles – all those Red lights – confronting us, we let fear, confusion and self-doubt knock our faith out of joint. Like the Israelites on the border of their promised land, we begin to see ourselves as small and insignificant grasshoppers (Numbers 13:33), and maybe even as habitual failures going someplace to happen.

But, in Christ, that’s not who we are. It may very well have been who you were; but it’s nowhere even close to who you are now. Wrong neighborhood; completely wrong country (Colossians 1:13). And the last thing we should be doing is forgetting – that is, not factoring into our thinking, on every occasion and circumstance – just Who it is that we have with us. The LORD God, the Greater (or, Greatest!) One, is with us (Numbers 14:9; 1 John 4:4) – and not only with us but in us! And, if He’s told you to do something, then it’s His will; and by default His purpose is to ensure that both it and you succeed (Isaiah 55:11; 1 John 4:4, 5:4).

As for the red lights? Well, to be frank, they really aren’t any of our business. You see, God knows exactly what’s in our power to do. (Jesus told each of the seven churches, “I know your works – I not only know what you’ve already done, I also know exactly what you have the ability to do and what you don’t have the ability to do” [Revelation 3:8]). So, when you get that project, just ask Him to show you what steps to take (James 1:5). For instance (and this is just pulling something out of the air), let’s say He wants you to build a huge shopping mall. After checking your bank account, you find that it still has the same $1.37 that was in it when you went to sleep last night. So, even hiring an architect is out of the question. What can you do, then? Well, if you’ve got paper and pencil, you can sit down and start drawing up some plans yourself. You’ve gotta have them at some point, right? Then do it – let your imagination loose – and do it in faith.

It may not seem like much at first, but don’t make the mistake of despising small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). If you’re doing what God told you to do by faith, He will always honor it. Once you’ve done all that’s in your power to do, then just stand there on it, again in faith, and He’ll give you the next step – along with the means to accomplish it if you don’t already have them (Ephesians 6:13; Philippians 4:19). In that way, He’ll turn those lights ‘Green’ for you as you get to them, and you and He will get the job done together – just like He’s always planned!

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4 Comments to “No Need to See ‘Red’”

  1. Very encouraging! Let’s no be like Job in Job 17:11 “My days are over. My hopes have disappeared My heart’s desires are broken.” Let’s be like David in Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires, and Psalm 145:19 “He grants the desires of those who fear Him: He hears their cries for help and rescues them.”

    • Hi Pat.

      That’s exactly right – we must fill our eyes and mouth with the promises of God, instead and in spite of the circumstances surrounding us. Thanks for your comments…


  2. Great post, Lester, and I love the title. What immediately came to my mind was: The Red Sea! That was the ultimate traffic light, but God made a way where there was no way! Thank you for the encouragement and reinforcement to stay in faith and to trust God to fulfill what He wants us to accomplish in our lives. Dee

    • There’s always a way, even when there’s no way; as He said,”With God all things are possible”…and “with him that believes [God]” (Mark 9:23, 10:27). Thanks as always, Dee!


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