Obeying God is an essential part of the Christian walk, but we cannot obey what we do not know! That said, reading (or hearing) the Word, and doing what the Word says, are two completely different things. Sometimes we’re hearing but not listening.
Clarity is incredibly important when something needs to be done. There is nothing quite as frustrating as working on the wrong things, or trying to working hard on something without knowing what the objective might be.
Moses was called by God, but Nehemiah volunteered. When he learned of the state of city of God, his heart was overwhelmed with sadness. But before he did anything whatsoever, he fell to his knees in prayer.