“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the Lord, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, and make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, in order to add sin to sin; who proceed down to Egypt without consulting Me, to take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!” – Isaiah 30:1-2
Why does it seem so difficult to seek God’s will before our own? Why do we act as if we have no idea of God’s purposes and design, when His Word is (for most of us) at our fingertips? I am not aware of your personal circumstances, but I can speak from my own experience.
If I have ignored God’s plan and desire, it is usually for one of two reasons (ruling out willful rebellion): 1) I acted hastily, because I believed that the situation required it or; 2) I did not perceive that God’s truth applied to the situation at hand, because I was not as familiar with His Word as I needed to be.
Due to my own persistent failures, two practices/disciplines have emerged. First, I procrastinate (when possible) to allow time for God to speak to my heart (and others) in order that His solution might become clearer. Second, I work to become more familiar with His Word so that I might learn His direction for a situation before it ever arises. While I may not always succeed with my aim, I have a greater possibility of it now. Experience is a great teacher.
Faith for the Christian is not a blind leap, but rather a thoughtful step rooted in the love of an infallible Sovereign.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. – Augustine
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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