By definition, no. We may perceive something He does as impulse, but He never acts on impulse. With Him, everything is planned and premeditated.
So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.— Exodus 36:6-7 NKJV
There was a need and the people responded. They continued until Moses proclaimed that enough was provided. By the time the proclamation was made, they actually had well over enough material to do what G-d had called them to do.
Where is our heart in service to the L-RD? When the L-RD reveals a need, or when a pastor declares a need within the Church body, how do we respond? Do we, as a Church body, respond to the need until we are told the need has been fulfilled or do we put it off because we say to ourselves, “it will be handled by someone else“?
This offering that Moses was receiving from the people for the sanctuary was a freewill offering. This was not something that was required. The people’s hearts were stirred to give. When a need is declared, does our heart get stirred to do something about it?
In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul is writing to the church in Corinth and telling them to examine themselves to check whether or not they are in the faith. He adds, “Test yourselves.”
This is not an issue of salvation, but of obedience. Obedience is a by product of faith. Responding to a need is a by product of faith. In James 1:22, James wrote to the Jewish believers “be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” In chapter 2 verse 26 he wrote “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
If we are not stirred to respond to a need that either the L-RD or a pastor reveals, then we need to examine our heart to see what is wrong? Why is it that we are not responding to the needs set before us? James wrote in chapter 2 verse 18 “…I will show you my faith by my works.” He is stating that faith is demonstrated by our actions.
Christian artist Tobymac has a song called Faith is a Verb It means that faith is not just what you believe, but rather what you do. It causes us to do. It causes action. What are we doing for the L-RD? As a Church body, are we collectively giving and and continuing to give until the L-RD says there is enough? Personally, as an individual, are we asking the L-RD, am I doing enough? Do I need to do more? Has the need been fulfilled?
If the need is still there, as a believer in the Most High G-d, as His child, as one who has been redeemed though our Savior Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to respond.
What we do is telling of where our faith lies. What is the L-RD revealing to you today as a need that must be met? What are you doing about it? Let us all move forward and respond to the needs of the L-RD until He tells us no more because the need has been met. Let us be found faithful in this as the Israelites were found to be faithful here with providing for the needs of the sanctuary.
“The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.”— Proverbs 19:3
Sometimes in our foolishness, our foolish thinking, we twist things around to make something “work” and in turn it becomes an attempt to justify our decision or action ( 2 Samuel 11 :1 – 12:14 – David’s offense to Uriah by taking his wife, Bathsheba). All along we have actually made the situation worse.
Our situation may not be as extreme as what David did, but the base of what he did, at the core of it, was to make something look good when in reality it was bad from the beginning.
Because of our decision to twist our way, we have chosen to go against the L-RD and while we may not be aware of it at the time, our heart frets against the L-RD. We are constantly anxious and worried.
What we ought to do, what we need to do, is be up front and honest. We need to be people of integrity and of honorable character and admit openly when we were wrong in a decision and deal with what comes after that. If we don’t, we prolong the matter and the weight of the consequences increases.
When you talk or visit with people, do they see Jesus? Thinks about it. What comes out of your mouth, what are you doing?