God’s leading

17 03 2012

We have just returned from a trip overseas where we really believed that the Lord was leading us there to put down roots and live, but we had people telling us that we were out of God’s will and that we were making a mistake. We were not deterred by this “opposition” and went ahead with our arrangements. We arrived in this new land, and very soon we found out that God was not leading us there to put down roots, but to expose areas in our hearts that He wanted to heal. This was a very painful experience in that we felt completely alone and helpless and it seemed like we were abandoned and completely defeated. We despaired even of life as Paul put it in Corinthians. We realized that God did bring us to this place – but He brought us here for His purpose and not for our own selfish reasons. As the scriptures say that God works everything out for our own good. God did a deep work in our hearts during this time and we praise Him for this experience.

Because of this experience, we can have total confidence in our decisions, knowing that Christ is our very life. Christ in us leads and guides us and as long as we are being true to Him in us and that we follow Him, we cannot go wrong – even when things look like they are going completely wrong.

We see this in Paul’s life when the prophet Agabus was sent to Caesarea to prophesy Paul’s imprisonment if he went to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:10-14 KJV  And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.  (11)  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.  (12)  And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.  (13)  Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.  (14)  And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

Just imagine if Paul had allowed the prophecy to deter him from going to Jerusalem, we would not have the prison epistles that we have today. Neither supernatural prophecy nor a multitude of counsellors could deter Paul from being obedient to Christ in him. This is a very important lesson for all of us, for we too must trust God’s leading in our brothers and sisters.

Paul on another occasion confirms this truth, in the following scripture:

1 Corinthians 16:12 KJV  (12)  As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

Paul trusted Christ in Apollos –  the inner witness of his co-worker. He did not demand submission of Apollos, even though Paul’s counsel was directly opposite to Apollos’ desire and action. This is what trusting God is all about! We trust Christ in our brothers. He will work and will in them, for they are not their own but belong to Another.



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