Following God

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Do you hear the Lord in the daily decisions of your life?  

I do.  I don't literally hear his voice, but I can feel the Spirit leading me in the direction I should go and convicting me when I decide not to follow.  

  • When I decide to do everything but what's on my to-do list for that day.

  • When I decide to say something that I know I shouldn't.

  • When I decide to hold on to anger and hurt.

  • When I decide to act without going before Him in prayer.

Those really are decisions I have control over.  I used to hate hearing people tell me that, because I could always find a great excuse for why I didn't do what I knew I should.  My intentions were good, so I would justify my actions with....."Something came up.....It just needed to be said.....They hurt me first.....I had to act fast and just didn't have time."   

Throughout each day, we make hundreds of decisions.  Some, like the ones I've listed above, may seem small, but nothing is small in God's plans for us.  He has a path laid out for each of us that leads to great things!  So when we can feel him leading, we should DECIDE TO FOLLOW.

Direction, not intention, determines your destination.
— Andy Stanley

Our "Following God" themed box really goes hand-in-hand with the "Trust" box.  When you truly trust God, you are ready to follow where He leads.  The inspiration behind this box can be found in Isaiah chapter 6.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
— Isaiah 6:8-9

When you're at work, in class, at Church and someone asks for volunteers, are you the first to raise your hand?  When Isaiah hears the Lord ask "Whom shall I send," he immediately responds "Send me!"  I strive to be more like Isaiah, but I know I don't always immediately respond "Yes" even when I know what the Lord wants me to do.  But I can testify that when I do, He has never lead me wrong and has blessed me (and many others) more than I could have imagined.

loved+blessed is one of the blessings that I received from deciding to follow God's lead immediately and without question.  After my husband and I went through many years of trying to conceive, I was really questioning what God wanted to do with my life.  In a time of prayer and fasting, I received clarity that my spiritual gift is encouragement (or exhortation found in Romans 12:8) and the words "create a box of encouragement" popped into my head.  I know it sounds unbelievable, but that's that's really what happened.  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

Immediately ideas started to flow into my head and over dinner that week, I told my husband how joyful I was feeling because although I do still want to be a mother, God opened a new door for me to follow Him through.  He gave me a new dream at a time when I didn't know which way to turn. And instead of questioning how I was going to make it happen with all the other obligations I juggle or asking Him to bless us with a child first, I decided to submit to God's Will for me, truly trust and follow Him.  I don't know if I'll ever be a mother, but I do know that once I submitted my will to His,  I have continued to be rewarded beyond measure.

Following God takes submission.  It means letting go of our will so that His Will can have it's way. The Lord rewards those who trust in Him and seek to do His Will.  My prayer is that all of us will get better at making the right decisions on the small stuff, so that we have the courage to immediately say "Send Me Lord" when He asks us to do big stuff.

♥ Jamila


Want to develop a "Send Me" spirit and follow God more?

Pull out your Bible and reflect on these passages.

Isaiah, Chapter 6: Isaiah agreed to follow God's instruction immediately, without questioning what it was God wanted him to do.

Joshua, Chapter 14:  Caleb was blessed and rewarded because he followed God wholeheartedly.

Additional Scriptures for Reflection

Hebrews 11:6

Psalm 37:4-6

James 4:13-15

John 10:27-29

Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119:133

Jeremiah 1:4-8

Jeremiah 29:11