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One of the most difficult concepts I’ve encountered in my walk with the Lord is following God’s Will when I don’t understand it. Logically speaking, shouldn’t life make sense? I mean, our brains are wired with a system of checks and balances. We are physically created with lefts and rights. Symmetry makes the world go round and yet…
What happens when I believe God is whispering to my heart to do something that I can’t wrap my head around?
The gap between my head and heart is much more than 12 inches in this case; it seems they exist an eternity away from each other.
And they do.
You see, God did not give us the ability to understand everything He does. Isaiah tells us that His ways are higher than our ways. We cannot physically comprehend all that God does and why He does things the way He does them. Yet often, we live in a frustrated state of asking God why and arguing with him about the means.
Since the spring, I’ve had three words floating around in my mind regarding my obedience on his path. This path to trusting Him fully is back to the basics- the 3 R’s, if you will. No, they are not reading, writing and arithmetic.
The first stage I’ve encountered in trying to follow what I believe God would have me to do is not easy. In fact, many Christians don’t make it past this step because it doesn’t feel safe and we can’t see what things look like up ahead. This stage is one called:
That’s right, to trust someone, anyone, even God, you are taking a risk. You are risking that this whisper of the Holy Spirit to your heart is real. That God is alive and at work in your life even though you can’t see him. That He is everywhere and everything, but you cannot touch him. That by faith, you have trusted him for salvation and by faith, you are believing that he is leading you to do something.
I don’t know what your “something” is. But I certainly know what mine has been and what it is currently. Risk requires placing all your security and faith somewhere other than yourself. And this is where the risk is totally worth it. Because the risk you are taking is not a risk after all. You are placing your security and faith in the God of universe who loves everything about you. He created you and his relationship with you is the safest one you could ever have.
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4
The second phase of believing God has a plan for your life and is guiding you each step of the way is:
This is the letting go phase. I decide, you decide, we decide that not only are we going to take the risk and make the move we feel impressed to make, but we are going to risk it all. Maybe we’ve had enough of what the world is offering and the decision to place everything in his hands is the only choice left other than continuing to bear the burden alone. This point of following God is giving God the last dollar in the bank when we don’t know where the next one is coming from. Or laying a child on the altar as Abraham did. Maybe it’s moving to another city, far away from homeland, as Joseph was required to do. Perhaps the release is a relationship gone sour, a broken heart, or an incurable disease. No matter the item or issue, the release is giving to the Almighty. It’s a stance with open palms before the Savior indicating that my hands no longer grasp for what cannot satisfy.
Releasing my grasp of all that appears logical allows the grip of God to become most real to me.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19
And that is when I am blessed to enter the third phase of following His plan and process.
You see, if we never take the risk, if we never consider that He who saved us wants to redeem us, if we never release our lives to him and obey him, then we miss the rejoicing phase. The opportunity of joy flooding our souls that began with a small step of obedience is never ours. The overflowing happiness is enjoyed when we simply trust and believe that God is who He says He is and He is going to keep his word because he has never failed to do so.
The God who is taking us to Heaven wants to use us on this earth.
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Phil 2:13
No, it is not logical.
It is love.