This really hit home with me, not sure if it will with you, but I feel like I should share it anyway.
This past Sunday Steven Furtick spoke a message at NewSpring Church called “Digging Ditches.” His main point was “Only God can make it rain, but He wants you to dig.” In other words before God does what only He can do, He wants you to do what you can do. When Pastor Steven said this I felt like something inside of me was telling me that I was trying to make it rain.
You know how back in the day when the Indians wanted to make it rain they would do what is referred to today as a “Rain Dance.” I felt like God was specifically saying that is what you are doing and I needed to dig. In other words, I needed to stop dancing and start digging.
You may have found yourself in this situation as well. You may have found yourself quick to dance but slow to dig. You may have started to praise when you needed to perspire. You may have begun to shout when you should have grabbed a shovel.
We find this point throughout the Bible. Noah had to first build the ark before God spared him and his family. The children of Israel had to construct the tabernacle before the presence of God showed up. They also had to walk around Jericho before they could shout and the walls come down. David had to tend the sheep in the pasture before he reigned in the palace. In this specific example pointed out by Pastor Steven found in 2 Kings 3:9-20, the people had to dig ditches before God brought the rain. Even Jesus had to go to the cross before He received His crown.
So where in your life are you dancing where you need to start digging? In what area are you trying to make it rain? Do you need to stop shouting and grab your shovel? Remember before God does what only He can do, He wants you to do what you can do. Only God can make it rain, but He wants you to dig.