Be Willing To Walk Away When The Path Is Uncetain

Part 5 on Obedience

uncertain-path.jpg     When we focus on obedience to God it sometimes becomes hard because the path is not clear.  We come to a crossroads and we have to make a decision.  Right or left?  Which turn do we take?  I am reminded of a poem I had to learn in High School, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.  You can read the entire poem HERE!   Here is the end of his poem,

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

He chose the harder road, the one less traveled.  He had a decision to make and he made it.  I am not saying we always have to take the harder path, but it is important that we choose the correct path.  In obedience to God following is key.  Where does God want me to go, what does God want me to do, how does God want me to do it?  While I obviously can’t tell you the answer (I have a hard enough time figuring out my path) I can point you in the right direction.

First- God will never go against His Word, the Bible.  Numbers 23:19 says “God is not a man, so he does not lie.  He is not human, so he does not change his mind.  Has he ever spoken and failed to act?  Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”  He never goes back on His promises or His Word.

Second- He will never lead you to compromise integrity.  You will not have to lie, cheat or steal to accomplish His will.

If you have to do either of those things then it is most assuredly not from God.  However there are times when both choices would not conflict with these two principles.  That’s when it becomes tricky to navigate in obedience.  What you need is a map.  But you also need someone who can read the map.  The map is the Bible and if you are not able to understand the Bible you should find someone who can, a pastor or a mature Christ-Follower that you trust.  (Note- No matter who you go to, God still outranks them and if you feel God telling you something different than there council always go with God)

Reading your Bible is the best way to determine God’s will, but God also speaks through circumstances.  Sometimes things just all come together.  Don’t dismiss that as luck or happenstance.  God is in control of everything and therefore everything happens for a reason.

God also speaks in our prayer time, He uses a small, quiet voice and you have to listen hard to hear it.

A great study to look into doing is “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby.  The book is not too expensive and it will go a lot deeper than I can in a blog.   Another great book is Rick Warren’s, “The Purpose Driven Life”  I loved this one and am making it a habit to go through it once a year.

Remember- Obedience is the key that opens the correct door, if you have to jimmy the lock, your doing things on your own.

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