“Never run before God’s guidance. If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt—don’t.” -Oswald Chambers

“Never run before God’s guidance.” Wow.. how hard that can be sometimes. To think I’ve got it all figured out and just go for it. Whatever “it” happens to be at that moment.

Somehow it just seems easier, even better, to do it my way. Why? I don’t know. Because I’m human, I suppose. It’s my nature to want to be independent and do things my own way and in my own time. That isn’t, however, the way it works.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” — Proverbs 19:21, NIV

I’m learning, but it’s hard.

One small clue to help is that God is not going to call me to something without placing my heart and love there also. He is not going to put me in a position that I cannot honestly at least learn to love and bring Him glory through.

That doesn’t mean that I’m going to like everything in my life. At all. It in no way means that I’ll enjoy everything that goes on, but it does mean that God will mold my heart to become more like His as I delight in Him. And it does mean that He is not going to call me to do something for the rest of my life that I would simply hate.

Everybody has suggestions and plans for my life. “Oh, you should do this”… or “You’d be great at that.” Maybe so. But if there’s a doubt in my mind as to whether it is God calling me to run, or other people, I’m not running. I’m staying put. No matter how good the reasons to run and jump may seem.

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I’ve kept meaning to write over the past week and a half, but I’m just now getting that chance. Jon’s MRI on June 30 went really well, and he received good news from the doctors — there’s no new growth at all, and he doesn’t have to go back for his next scans until December! 🙂  So it’s very exciting. Please keep on praying for him and his family.. and catch up with his story if you haven’t already.

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