Figure out God’s will
Bible Reading: Acts 16:1-15
I once met a guy who had graduated from the university for over five years and I was surprised that he had no job. Also, I noticed that he wasn’t making any effort to get a job or venture into any business. So I asked him the reason for this. He said he was still waiting on God for direction; he wanted to get a clear-cut leading from God on the particular job to do.
This sounds out of place, but many Christians behave in a similar way. Some are waiting for the so-called clear-cut leading (usually an audible sound) for their future partner, others for their profession, etc. But we do not need to wait for a voice for everything we have to do. We are to act based on our knowledge of the general will of God while we are still sensitive to God’s nudging, if peradventure he wants us to do something else. Remember, there is no voice that you may hear that can be surer and stronger than what has been written.
The Bible says in Ephesians 5:10 (MSG) “Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it”. Wow! I love this. It tears down our “waiting attitude”. We are to decipher the right way to go and then act spontaneously just like we brush our teeth without hearing any voice. A good example can be seen in the life of Apostle Paul. Let’s read the verses of scripture below.
“They traveled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit did not let them preach the message in the province of Asia. When they reached the border of Mysia, they tried to go into the province of Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So they traveled right on through Mysia and went toTroas. That night Paul had a vision in which he saw a Macedonian standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” Act 16:6-10
Paul was called by God to preach the gospel but he wasn’t waiting to hear a voice before deciding where to preach. He had his plans to preach in Asia and Bithynia but he was also sensitive to any tuning from the Spirit. This is a fundamental principle for walking in God’s leading. Have a good grasp of God’s mind as revealed in scriptures and then make your plans because God is leading you by default (An option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified). Also be sensitive to any signal from the Spirit as you execute your plans.
To be continued …
– tope aladenusi