Great peace comes when you know you’re led by the Spirit of God. The world around you may shake and fall, but if you understand the love and intentionality of God, you lean into His whisper with expectancy.
Chance and coincidence don’t exist in His Kingdom. He doesn’t just happen into unexpected circumstances or suddenly get a good idea. He has known for all of eternity what today would hold, and He leads us according to His perfect wisdom, sometimes when we don’t even realize.
Remembering How I was Led by the Spirit
Below is an essay from my first book, This Beloved Road: A Journey of Revelation and Worship. I’ve been reading it again as I make edits for a second edition. I may have written these words close to 20 years ago, but they still stir my heart to worship. I remember each lesson so lovingly taught, even as the Creator of all things trained me to recognize His voice.
I can confidently say: the essays in This Beloved Road are the foundation upon which God is still building in my life. Almost everything I hear or do, I can think of how it confirms and follows after something He imparted during that season. May this essay encourage and bring you to worship our ever-purposeful God as you move forward in an ever-changing world.
Our Ever-Purposeful God
The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step.]” Psalm 37:23 AMPC
One morning I woke to a wonderful surprise: several horses grazing outside my bedroom window. Our neighbor’s horses had escaped the pasture, looking for greener grass in our front yard. Although it’s not real gentle on the landscape, it was a beautiful sight.
Since the Spirit had spoken to me through horses several times, He had my immediate attention. I watched as they moved on down the road and then took off for my morning hike.
When I topped the hill on the other side of the river and looked back, I noticed the neighbors were now working to get the strays back into the pasture. At first, I thought they were being awfully lazy in their technique. One truck crept along, just enough to get the horses running, and then stopped for several minutes. When the horses started to graze, the truck moved a little closer to get them running again — this time in the wrong direction.
Being Led by the Spirit May Not Look Like You Think
This process of running them back and forth across a large field by barely doing anything continued for several minutes. Then, unexpectedly, the pick-up and an ATV moved in closer and the horses turned and ran through a concealed opening in the fence, back to their home. As I stood there, I asked, “Father, is that how You do it with us? Do You gently keep us running until we get worn out and decide the right pasture is the best pasture after all?”
I’m amazed as I look at myself and others around me and see how our Father arranges the tiniest little details to get us in the right place at the right time. Sometimes we fight it, arguing it can’t possibly be the right thing, that there must be a better way. But He continues to work in us to change our will and then gives us all we need to do what He desires.
Sure, He backs us into a corner at times to get our attention, but if we’re honest, there were many, many gentle nudges before the final push. Our God’s patience is immeasurable. Look at what Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1:15–16 AMPC:
The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.
But I obtained mercy for the reason that in me, as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might show forth and display all His perfect longsuffering and patience for an example to [encourage] those who would thereafter believe on Him for [the gaining of ] eternal life.
Our Ever-Patient God
Our ever-purposeful God waited years as Paul (Saul) learned to walk and live every detail of the life of a Pharisee. He gently prodded Paul along, knowing he would stand by at Stephen’s stoning, knowing he would be going down the road to Damascus with intentions to imprison believers of Christ. Jesus knew and waited, knowing the wait would be worthwhile.
God saw Paul’s future, and He sees yours. He knows how to perfectly guide you into your true identity and purpose.
Take note of the gentle prodding of the Spirit. Take note of the whispers. Take note before you are backed into a corner, looking desperately for a way out. As you begin to notice how your Father and Friend move, soon you’ll move with Him, knowing His way is the only perfect way.
What an amazing God that He would busy Himself with our every step.
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