Several years ago, I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me to get involved with business women in my community. That mere thought scared me. I don’t speak their language. This is way beyond my comfort zone, I argued.
The Holy Spirit continued to prod. I caved and began tiptoeing into the business community by attending their monthly luncheons. Months passed, and then He told me to host a weekend retreat for these gals, most of whom were unbelievers.
“You’re kidding me, right?” I asked.
I stalled for months, waiting for the Spirit to write His marching orders on the wall. Either that or change His mind and give me an easier assignment. My plan failed. The only thing that happened was this—I lost my peace.
It shouldn’t have surprised me. After all, Isaiah 48:17-18 says, “The LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says, ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves.’”
God is good. He’s also wise. Loving. Holy. Faithful. Sovereign. Omnipotent. He knows everything about us, and He’s developed unique plans—good plans—for each of us. Because of who He is, we can trust Him to fulfill them for our good and His glory.
Sometimes, however, we choose to follow our own path. We doubt His integrity and intent toward us. What happens?
We end up striving to make things happen the way we want, and that never goes well. Ultimately, we lose our peace. I speak from experience.
My daily quiet time became a chore rather than a delight.
I lost the sense of God’s nearness.
I lost my ability to hear His whispers throughout the day.
My peace had taken flight, and I knew why—I was walking in disobedience. The only way to restore peace was to change my direction and walk on the path God had placed before me.
How’s your peace quotient today? Is it flowing like a gentle river through your soul? Or has it dried up like a stream in summer drought? If the latter, ask the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and show you what needs to change. If He reveals disobedience in your life—an unconfessed sin, a refusal to accept a God-given assignment, unforgiveness toward someone who’s hurt you, a sin of omission—then don’t waste another second.
Change your direction. Listen to what God’s saying, and do it.
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