To me that was profound. How often we worry and fret about “what to do” when our main objective is just to allow God’s will in our lives — “just follow the Lord.”
A guest minister at church services Sunday confirmed this advice as he spoke on “Being Led of the Spirit.” Think about the “leaders” we could follow — friends, family, political or TV personalities, religious systems and so forth. There may be those who have an agenda completely contrary to where God is leading you. Be sure the one you choose to follow is going in the right direction.
For a funeral, a minister’s wife was asked by her husband to drive their car (following him in the family car) to lead the rest of the procession to the cemetery. She began carrying on a conversation with those with her and when the hearse and family car turned off, she didn’t notice and kept going. Not knowing where the cemetery was located, it was 30 minutes later she finally found the right place and entered from the wrong direction. Know whom you’re following.
A person doesn’t have that worry when he is “being led of the Spirit.” Paul said in Galatians 5:16: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
To the Ephesians, he wrote, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Ephesians 8:14-16).
Is this what is meant by “walking by faith. Look at the long list of examples of faith in Hebrews 11: Abraham, who left his home for parts unknown; Abel, who offered a proper sacrifice; Enoch, who was translated; Noah, who built an ark for an event not heard of; Sarah, wo conceived a child in old age; Moses, who led the Children of Israel out of bondage and followed the Lord through the wilderness; and others — Rahab, Joseph, Gideon, David, Jacob. The writer of Hebrews says these all died “in faith, not having received the promise, but having seen them afar off ...”
When we are led of the Spirit, the Word is our road map — we don’t have to be informed of the next step or have a description of the next mile of our journey. God will not lead His children in the wrong paths. God will not take a wrong turn. What is unknown to us is known to God and we can trust Him in all things.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”