A Look at Psalms 23 Part 3b
God leads me. How humbling is that? I’m so grateful that He has chosen to lead me. Not only that but He has made every necessary provision for me to be able to follow Him.
[Psa 23:2 NKJV] 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
God leads me. How humbling is that? I’m so grateful that He has chosen to lead me. Not only that but He has made every necessary provision for me to be able to follow Him. A lot of times it seems like the only person who can mess this up is me. After all, I am the biggest variable in the “will you follow God’s leading” discussion. God never changes, but I have free will. I have swinging moods, shifting desires, persuasive temptations, and each day I could have new experiences or new ideas or new problems that have the potential to pull me out of His leadership and into my own. So, if my chief aim is to stay under His leadership, how do I minimize the variable of me?
This is not a question of how to eliminate the wide variety of variables that enter into my life; many of them are outside of my control. This is about solving what I do have control over, my response. But, how should a follower respond? Well, the right response for a follower is to follow. But how can a follower follow without knowing the Leader’s methods of leading? He can’t. Discovering the methods of God’s leadership is vital to being a good follower. God is the ultimate leader and His leadership methods are something that I will hopefully never stop learning about, but I have discovered two that have made a profound impact.
First, a follower should know His voice. In John chapter 10, I am, once again, in another sheep analogy, when Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me”. A lot can be said here, but I like to remember a couple things when thinking on the subject of hearing God’s voice. One thing is God will not contradict His word in scripture when He’s speaking to me. So the more familiar I am with scripture the more distinguishable His voice becomes in my life. His voice being distinguishable helps me to make great decisions and make them with efficiency and confidence. The other thing I like to remember helps to reinforce my hearing confidence when my faith may be low. I like to remember the times Jesus has called me to repentance; He spoke to me in they way only He can. The reason I come back to these places is because they stand up against any argument of doubt. Doubt says, “Come on Kirk do you really hear GOD’s voice?”. Then I can say, “well I know it wasn’t me calling myself to repentance and I know for sure it wasn’t the devil”. So, it’s really great to be able to come back to concrete moments that can help support my confidence in hearing God.
Another one of God’s leadership methods is to pursue and win my heart. Ps 37 says “delight yourself in the The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”. If God can use the desires of my heart to lead me, sign me up for that! That’s a win win if I ever saw one. However, God has to have my heart in order for me to say with integrity that I delight myself in The Lord, or, to say it another way, all my delight is in Him and from Him. But if I can say with integrity that He does have my heart and my delight is in Him can God use my desires to lead me? I think … yes. How amazing and liberating is that! But, what do I do with “die to self daily and take up your cross”? Well, I do need to die to self-daily in order keep my delight in The Lord and not elsewhere. I do need to continue to take up my cross and follow Him. That part doesn’t change the only part that has changed is I don’t have to have a deep-rooted mistrust for all my personal desires if I delight myself in The Lord. It seems too easy.
Lord, thank you for leading me, help me to understand more and more about your leadership methods and help me to be a good follower. God take my heart, let my delight be found in you and may Your desires be and become my desires. Amen.
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