June 20, 2011
We live in a high-speed society—we want everything to be instantly pleasurable. With this being the norm, it is hard for us to take time out daily, quiet ourselves and listen to the Holy Spirit direct us. The Holy Spirit is always ready and willing to navigate us through life, but we tend to drown His voice out by pursuing our own emotionally-based desires.
For example, we will hold on to a man/woman that we feel we have a strong connection with, while God is directing us to someone He knows is more suitable for us or is directing us through a season of singleness. We will hold on to a job we are comfortable in, when God wants us to let go and pursue the purpose He has for us. We are afraid to let go, because we are afraid of the unfamiliar and because we naturally feel the need to take matters into our own hands. We do not realize that attempting to take matters into our own hands is attempting to be God. We are telling God, “I got this; I do not need you. I can do this on my own.” This is a form of pride, and also a lack of trust in God. God wants to lead us through uncharted territory, but we would rather reside in the familiar. We would rather hold on to our own mediocre lifestyle, because it is comfortable, than to let go and submit totally to God’s plan for us. Submitting to God is uncomfortable. It requires us to be still and listen. It requires us to unplug ourselves from the world every now and then. It requires us to be committed and be willing to go through the wilderness, knowing that it is preparing us for the Promise Land and trusting God to not let us die before reaching it.
God wants to bless us with a life better than we could even fathom, but in order to possess this abundant life, we must be willing to let Him navigate. As God navigates and we follow determinedly, we will not miss a turn or detour unless it is by our own free-will. He might take us the long route; we may even have to travel on bumpy roads, but it will be well worth it in the end. Do not miss out on what God has for you by refusing to let Him be your navigational system.
My challenge for you this week is to let go of whatever area of your life that you are holding on tightly to—release it to God—surrender—listen, and allow Him to lead you through His perfect will for your life. All God needs from you is a committed “yes” to His will and allow Him and trust Him to handle the rest.
Psalm 37:23-24: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.”
Luke 4:1: “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…”
Romans 8:13b-14: “but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”