When it’s time to make decisions, we can read all the books; consult all the experts, re-research all the research, but it’s still incomplete, inadequate, piecemealed information without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is the only One who knows where the icebergs of our best laid plans are hidden.
Do we trust God’s insight?
We’ll never know everything about anything. That’s where are faith in God comes in. If we put our trust in the Lord, we don’t have to know everything—just Him. We run into problems when we want to take matters into our own hands and bypass the conditions that are required to walk by faith. It says in Proverbs 3:5-7 not to put our trust in ourselves.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
• Do I have faith in God’s insight to lead me down the right paths?
• How can I develop that level of trust in God?
• Can I let go of my wants and desires for His will?
How wise is it to ignore God’s divine illuminating light shining on underlying factors? Our superficial understanding: will include people into our lives who we should exclude; will take the wrong job; marry the wrong person; buy the wrong house, only to leave us scratching our heads thinking—if the walls had only said something.
We know what we know, but is that enough?
I’ve run into enough icebergs head-on to know not to make any choices on what I, or anybody else perceives to be true without the input of the Holy Spirit. My faith works best when I pray first; then wait to get clearance from God. Sometimes, however, I can’t discern His leading, but I’ve learned His silence is one of His techniques to develop my spiritual ear. Can I sense His Spirit by faith?
That’s when I slowly move in my desired direction knowing everything is going to be alright because I acknowledged and honored God before I ventured out. He will pull me back if I’m headed in the wrong direction if I’m paying attention; wanting nothing, but to please Him.
Would you rather hit an iceberg with or without God?
We won’t be able to circumvent every iceberg in our lives (see John 16:33; Psalm 34:19). Nonetheless, icebergs don’t have to take us down. God knows beforehand what’s ahead; nothing catches Him off guard. Therefore, when we depend on the Holy Spirit to walk us through; those hard-pressed encounters won’t destroy us, but will grow us.
God knows where the icebergs are—do you?
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.