God Should Be Leading The Procession
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)”
“This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ’I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)
Why do we always want to get in front of God and lead? Why do we insist on running ahead and telling Him which direction to turn or where to stop the parade? Why do we, the creation, insist on telling our Creator what to do? How did we become so prideful and arrogant? Do we really think we are better off driving the car or leading the way? After all, God has the map, compass, and plan of action.
When it comes to our personal lives, most of us have goals we want to achieve. We have mapped out our future and developed a plan of action. Too often, we forget to include God in our schemes. Attempting to accomplishing personal goals and well thought out plans, without adding God into the equation, will surely end in frustration. He has a purpose and plan for us and we need to be attentive to His leading, even when it does not agree with us.
Letting God direct your steps means you must lay down your will and all attempts for control. Trust will enable you to fall back and allow Him to guide you in the exciting procession called life. He will show you which way to go and teach you what is best for you.
As you hand over the reigns of your life and trust in His skills as a navigator, your desires will align themselves to His perfect will. It is only then that He will grant you all the desires of your heart. Because you have delighted yourself in Him and found peace in His will for you, He will act. He will act on your behalf and provide blessing and lessons to mature you in your faith.
When we surrender our personal plans for the future and ask the Father to make His will our will, transformation will occur. A sort of “revival” will rumble within us and an inexplicable peace will become our cloak. When we accept that our future no longer belongs to us, and we lay it as a thanks offering before God, a sweet aroma will arise before Him. As incense before His throne, you will find that He accepts your offering as a pleasing sacrifice.
There are some who will call the laying down of your will a little death. In reality, it is a glorious resurrection of spirit. It is an acceptance of all to come. Contentment will rest upon you. It will come in knowing that wherever He leads you, even the down into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, you need not fear any evil. In the procession called your life, He will faithfully guide you to your eternal home.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.” Psalm 37:4-5 (NIV)