What To Do?
The flesh fights against the Holy Spirit probably more times than we could ever count in our lifetime. How patient God is! As we grow in our relationship with our Savior, we will learn to know the voice of the Holy Spirit better and better. But still, that doesn’t mean we always want to listen. Oh, how the flesh wants to win!
I had an opportunity the other day to either listen to my flesh, or listen to the Holy Spirit. I argued against the Holy Spirit. I had a choice to make, and I made the wrong one at first. I wasn’t keeping with an original commitment. I thought things were going to work out differently, so I jumped ahead of God and made other plans. But I had made a mistake. Then the question became, “Would I be willing to correct my mistake, keep my commitment, and comply with God’s will or not?” God gives us those choices to make. I had to ask myself, “Are you going to listen to God on this, or are you going to ignore His promptings.” I stalled...I waited...and then...I complied. Upon looking back, it was the right thing to do.
As the day the Lord had designed played out, it became obvious that there was a plan in keeping with my original commitment that I wouldn’t have seen without being obedient to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. While walking through the day in God’s will, I was able to be a part of bringing two friends together that needed some time to talk. I was to move along then, to get out of the way, and go be with the person God wanted me to spend time with in the first place. We all have gifts to offer in the Body of Christ, and God knows who to call on to get the job done. It was not me on this day. I smiled as I drove away, seeing how my disobedience would have gotten in the way of the good God was doing. In the end, there was great joy in seeing what can happen when our flesh concedes to His will. There are always great lessons in obedience and disobedience. Most times when we disobey we are not breaking human rules, we are rejecting God, who gives us His Holy Spirit. (1 Thess 4:8) God says let our yes be yes, and our no be no. Our Father wants us to keep our word to one another, just as He does with us.
Searching And Noticing the Divine can be missed when we are disobedient. I wouldn’t have noticed the Divine happenings that day if I had not done what God expected of me. I wouldn’t have experienced the fun and excitement that God’s will can bring. Yes, I had to search my own heart for a willingness to say yes to God’s plan. I knew that Jesus’ grace was enough to forgive my disobedient heart, but I was not to abuse that grace. I needed to seek the good of others, and not my own selfish ambition. God’s Word says, “If someone says, ‘I belong to God,’ but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.” (1 John 2:4 NLT) Once again, I learned that paying attention to the Holy Spirit is for our own good, and for the good of others. If we truly call ourselves a child of God, let’s learn to be obedient children to our Father in Heaven.
For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:33 (NIV)