If you are walking in the will of God for your life? Sometimes we just go along on our day to day life and don’t really think about it too much. Or at least I do. Do you assume that since you haven’t heard anything you must be going the way you’re supposed to? Do you ever think to ask God what His perfect plan is for your life? And if you do ask, do you take the time to listen?
Sometimes in the Bible it seems the Lord spoke pretty clearly to people. Like when He spoke to Jonah. I don’t know how Jonah heard the Lord. It doesn’t tell us. It does tell us however, that he did hear the Lord. Because once he heard what the Lord asked him to do; he ran the other way. I’m sure most of us are familiar with the story. The Lord asked him to go to Nineveh and speak to the people there as there was great wickedness. Jonah’s response was to get on a boat going in the opposite direction. It didn’t end well. Thrown overboard, swallowed by a big fish, 3 days in the fish before being spit out. Not fun. Read it for yourself.
Jonah wasn’t just wondering to himself hmm I wonder if that was God talking or that was me. He KNEW he heard from the Lord and he purposefully walked in disobedience by fleeing instead of going. The Lord had a plan to use Jonah to deliver the people of that city from their evil ways. Jonah didn’t want to go along with the plan.
I don’t have room to tell the whole story. But after being swallowed and being in the fish for 3 days Jonah did repent, and go and do as God asked….while still complaining! He complained because God’s plan worked!
When we think of knowing God’s will for our lives we think about things like jobs, where we should live, who we should marry, how to raise our kids and many other things like that. That is very important. In these times we are living in, some decisions we make could be life and death. We need to be able to hear that still small voice in our everyday lives. If you sense you shouldn’t go a certain place at a certain time-don’t go! If you don’t sense peace about taking that job you were offered-don’t take it! God wants to be involved in our lives. He wants us to ask Him what His perfect plan is for us. It can save us a lot of trouble and heart ache. I can think of many times when I did something that I thought was “a good thing” without consulting the Lord. Maybe you know what I mean. We think we know best and surely God would agree. Usually didn’t end well.
The Lord may be wanting us to go do something just like He did with Jonah. Perhaps you sense you should go make up with a family member or friend. Or maybe you keep having the thought you should go visit that neighbor who is a shut in. Maybe you sense God wants to send you to another country. If we are just sitting in Starbucks thinking well I don’t really want to do that, or I don’t think the Lord would ask me to do that. Think again. Then ask. And listen. If we still don’t do what we know we should do we are walking in every bit as much disobedience as Jonah was. Disobedience is disobedience. Even when we think our thing is small. After all the Lord didn’t ask us to go to Nineveh; just to pay for that single Mom’s milk or let someone cut in front of us at the grocery store. No big deal right?
The Lord hates disobedience. 1 Sam 12:15 says However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers. That’s pretty clear. There are many other verses about disobedience.
If you are living a lifestyle that you know is against the will of God; but you choose to keep doing it anyway you are walking in constant, willful disobedience. That’s a dangerous place to be. We as Christians need to be prepared at all times for Jesus to come back. (If you’re not a Christian find out how to become one here: https://kateschimm.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/do-you-realize/ ) I know I miss it sometimes, we all do. The Lord is gracious. If we truly repent and try and do better the next time He asks us to do something, He gives us grace. He forgets the disobedience we repent from. But I don’t want to be in a place where if he came back today; I would have to answer as to why I didn’t do what He asked, or why I hadn’t stopped doing what I knew was wrong. I have heard it said that the safest place to be is in the will of God. That’s where I want to spend my time. How about you?