I tell folks one of my problems in life is I believe this stuff. Like I really believe the things that Jesus tells us. I believe that He’ll be true to His word, that He will care for us, lead us, guide us, and help us be where it is that we need to be, and go where it is that we need to go.
I truly believe that we can trust Him, no matter what. He’s got a plan bigger than us. Our job is to follow the leading of His spirit, and trust completely that He knows what He is doing.
A conversation arose among the religious leaders after the church was born in Acts where they were trying to figure out what to do with these Christians. Listen to what happens in Acts 5: 34-39:
34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 35 Then he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!”
Verses 38-39 nail it to me. If it’s not of God, it will die away. If it is of God, nothing can stop it. Nothing.
If it’s of God, it can’t be stopped. That’s why I try not to worry too much about things that I really have no control over. It is not of God it will die away, but if it is of God, then it won’t be about to be stopped.
Well then, how do we know the difference? How do we know if it’s of God, or if it’s not? That’s where we have to learn to listen. We have to learn the voice of the Good Shepherd. The sheep know the voice of the Good Shepherd. They follow His voice. The know it. They can hear it. And they go where it is that the voice leads.
That’s our greatest task, perhaps. Not to know where the road ends, but to follow the voice down whatever road it is that it is leading us. God knows the roads. God knows the plans. God knows the directions.
We can trust. Really. We can trust. God knows what He is doing. Our job is to follow. It it’s of God, it won’t be stopped. Our calling is to make sure that we are listening to the voice.
Today, let’s listen. And let’s follow where He is leading us.
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