we are going to know Godís Will and Calling for our lives then we must begin with
the premise that God is leading us. And if I am convinced of any one thing, it
is this, and that is, one way or another God is going to lead us. After all Heís
a Shepherd that what He does best.
do you mean by, ďGod is going to lead us one way or anther, Dan?Ē Well, it goes
like this. Either we are going to be a willing participant when it comes to doing
the Will of God, and that from the heart; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants
of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart Eph 6:6 KJV Or,we can like
a stubborn mule, be lead about with bit and bridle. One enjoys the peace and all
the fruits that follow a life of obedience, the other will experience, a life
of pain, discomfort, frustration and embarrassment. Think I kidding?
will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide
thee with mine eye. Be
ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth
must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows
shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass
him about Psalm
say, that doesnít sound very loving Dan. Thatís awfully narrow-minded. Well Iím
not the one who said, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven
Mt 7:21 KJV.
see, for God to bring His Will to our lives (which equals life), it cost Him the
very best, His one and only, begotten Sonís life. And with such high stakes on
the line God is not about to have us thumb our noses at His Will and expect to
walk away without some significant ramifications happening.
you havenít done so lately, read the Book of Jonah. God had a plan for Jonah.
And what was Jonahís attitude towards Godís Will? Well, He could have cared less.
So what ends up happening was that God, being the compassionate God that He is,
kept nudging Jonah to do the right thing. In this case His Will. Here you will
see how time after time God spoke to Jonah. I have it spelled out in the word
First God came to Jonah concerning His Will by means of His
W ord Ė then He used
thers to encourage Jonah - Next came
easoning Ė then the
S torm Ė and finally
T ragedy. Talk about love! Arenít
you glad that God doesnít start with the last step first, to get our attention.
Instead, time after time He has been so gentle with us. But then again, thatís
what a good Shepherd does.
openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
†Now no chastening for the present seemeth to
be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit
of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the
hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your
feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed
Job 36:10, Heb 12-11-13KJV
Today, just like in the times of Jonah,
are perilous. The opportunities granted to us by God are both uncertain and fleeting.
Dayís such as these calls for wisdom and an alertness to the leading of Godís
he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall
give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the Lord is Eph 5:14-16 KJV
The word circumspectly means, exactly, perfectly, diligently. And that is how
we are to treat and respond to the Will and Calling of God upon our lives. In
our next devotion we will take a closer look at what it means to walk circumspectly.
Until then may God add to your spirit and mind an understanding and a willingness
to do His Will from the heart.