Doing what God Says

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).

The will of God is not always the easiest thing to do, but it is the safest thing to do. Many times a word from God may not make sense to our human minds and often a path that God directs us to walk down may not seem like the most inviting. We have to trust that God is a good father and he knows what is best for us. His ways are not our ways, neither are his thoughts our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). The will of God and walking in faith can attract ridicule from other people around you who do not understand. Just ask Noah when God told him to build an ark when there was no rain (Genesis 6).

The crowds laughed at Jesus when he told them that Jairus’ daughter was not dead but asleep. This did not deter Jesus, but he put them out of the house and commanded her to come back to life (Matthew 9:24-25). He did not change his position or adjust what he believed because of their ridicule. He simply asked them to leave the place where he was. How many times have we adjusted our confession of faith based on who we are talking to? We may worry about the person not understanding us and in order not to seem foolish, we adjust what we believe. We have to stay in faith no matter the circumstances and continue to confess what God has said to us.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25). Wanting to appear wise before the world will not work if you want to be a strong Christian. Be prepared to come in direct contradiction with the world system. There are even people who call themselves Christians who will challenge your belief system and try to cause you to doubt what God has said. I have known of ministers who have talked believers out of doing what God told them to do. We have to remember that even ministers are human and can make mistakes. This is why it is important to hear from God for yourself and act on what he says.

“It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).

A.P.-Y.

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