Do you know the difference between being led by God and being led by yourself, your feelings? Sometimes, what God leads you to do does not make sense, but you follow it because it doesn’t matter whether it makes sense to you or not. God knows what He is doing, and scripture says that His ways and thoughts are not ours, so it’s not suprising that sometimes His ways just plain don’t make sense.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. A woman sought our counsel for a while, and she was in a promising relationship that both Pastor G and I saw God’s hand upon. She had been abused,divorced and single for a while when she found this guy who truly seemed not only relationally compatible but spiritually compatible. Her problem was not only her past experiences colliding with her present ones but also doubts about the guy being the spiritual leader of her household because his denomination differed from hers and that he was a fairly new believer.
I’m not saying that her feelings and concerns weren’t real, but they were not coming from an emotionally and spiritually grounded place. Instead of waiting for God and trusting Him to work things for her good, this woman came up with thoughts and fears and literally did what we call awfulize herself out of steps to grow the relationship. Instead of relying on God, she sought input from everyone she knew and was upset when she received conflicting messages. The sad thing is, she did awfulize herself out of a relationship that could have lead to marriage because she let herself be led by herself and her emotions and not by God.
God has led me to share this with you so you can look at yourself and see if you do similar things even if your circumstances are different. Do you move forward to do what you are convinced God wants you to do in spite of what you feel? That’s what Joshua had to do. He was thrust into a position of leading the children of Israel after Moses died. He heard God’s voice, encouraging him not to be afraid because He was with him and He would empower him to do what he needed to do. Joshua transcended his feelings and looked to God for help, guidance, input and power.
Pastor G and I pray you yield your negative thoughts and emotions to God when He clearly leads you to do what seems humanly impossible or does not make sense at the time. God promises to work all things out for the good for those that love Him. You may not see how, but He will. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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