Thursday, March 20, 2014

Responding Or Reasoning

So he, trembling and astonished, said "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
Acts 9:6 (NKJV)

When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus it was an experience that changed Paul's life.  Paul became a Christian and served God for the rest of his life and accomplished great things for God.  Paul asked Jesus the question that we all need to ask, "Lord, what do you want me to do?"  Jesus simply told Paul to get up and go into Damascus and he would be told what to do.  Paul responded by going into the city.  Jesus did not give Paul any real details, Paul had to completely trust Jesus without really knowing what he would find in the city or what was coming next.

There is a lot we can learn from this story.  One thing is that this is a good example about obedience and following God's plan for our life.  Once Jesus spoke to Paul and told him what to do Paul had a decision to make, was he going to respond to what Jesus told him or was he going to think about it for a while and try to figure out what was going on?  This is where many people make a mistake, instead of just responding to what God says they try reasoning it out and often they miss what God is trying to do.  

One thing we all need to settle in our minds is that God knows what we need to do far, far better than we do.  God sees ahead and knows where our next steps will take us.  When we hear from God, through His Word or by the Holy Spirit, we should respond to His direction without trying to figure it all out to see if we understand it, like it, or agree with it.  When God speaks to our heart we should not check in our head, we need to simply respond to His direction.  Once we take the step God gives to us He will give us another step and then another to lead us to our ultimate desired destination.

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