I once had a friend who said something so profound, it literally caught my ear. She said, Mary, “I just need to watch where you’re going and then, I know how to avoid the pits.” This was not at all a positive statement, but rather one to let me know when it came to following the Lord, I was directionally challenged. In fact, I could totally relate to the old adage; “
“Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.”
So what is the best position to live the life for Christ? Is it to rely on our own works and wisdom, or surrender totally to following God’s Will? After all, the only way you can possibly see where the Lord is leading is to either walk behind or beside Him. Once you run ahead of Him, it’s impossible to see where to go.
The Lord gave me three scriptures, whereby, to check my relationship with Him.
They are to me as a threefold lighted cord, guiding me always on His awesome path.
One – Pray: Whenever I get anxious or worried, I carry it first, to Him in prayer:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4: 5-7
Two – Trust: You can analyze till you paralyze and remain confused. But if you admit that you don’t have the answer, and trust in God Who does, then He will guide you on the pathway of success:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Three – Wait: It is one thing to say we trust God and another matter to actually wait for His direction. We all get impatient when the solution does not come fast enough, and If we are not careful we will start second guessing our initial trust and take matters into our own hands. That is why through prayer, God will answer first with His Peace, to assure us He has heard our prayer:
“Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Examples of Waiting on the Lord
Even Jesus, did not run ahead of His Father’s Will, but rather watched his every move:
“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19
When Jesus’ friend, Lazarus became ill, He did not hurry to heal him as others suggested, but rather waited four days to resurrect him from the dead. Thus, Jesus proved that He was and is the resurrection and the life, demonstrating a far greater miracle than the healing they desired to see. John 11: 1-45
During the time the Israelites were led by God in the wilderness, He was with them in a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. Whenever the cloud rested, they made camp. And whenever the cloud moved, they broke camp and followed:
“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.”
So where are you in your relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you running ahead or are you following, waiting and watching , in step with His every move.