June 27, 2012

God's Signpost

People have tendency to know future before it happen. Maybe that is why astrology, fortune-telling, tarrots, and so on are very popular from the ancient times up til now. As Christians, we know that those are forbidden. Why? Because it simply shows that we trusts our future in other things more than we trust our God who holds the future. But then we have another natural tendency which is 'more biblical'. We may often ask what is God's will for my life? Which step should I take? Some of us are so eager to know the detail of His plan so that we do not miss out a single thing. We do not want to be outside of His plan at all. It is a good thing though to have such eagerness :) God loves those who pursues His will in their lives. But do not get trapped in 'religion mindset' where it is all about what you need to DO rather than lean on God to let it to be DONE. There is a lot of confusion here. It takes a graceful balance between knowing what we need to do and let God to do the rest, when we need to be stand still and wait upon God, which path we should or should not take, and the list can go on and on. But here is the clue. God can speak through anything. And it is about whether we take time to listen or not :) It's all back on our intimacy with Him. The more you are used to recognize His voice, the clearer His guidance will be.

In this article, I would like to introduce to you God's Signpost. They are different from those we see on the toll road which gives specific distance where we are and how far are we from our destination such as "30 KM". Yes, God can gives you guidance but do not think that it will be a very detail ones and leaves you with complete certainty. His signpost will be a very plain instruction which place you need to stop, park, turn right or left, and so on. It your faith, isn't it? Oswald Chambers describes faith never knows
where it is being led, but knows the One who is leading. We can trust perfectly in a perfect God :) So what are the God's Signposts?

#1 This Way

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
-Proverbs 3:5-7 [NLT]

In this verse, we can notice two things we need to do if we really want God to reveal His guidance more clearly.We need to TRUST Him and SEEK His will.

How deep is our trust on His goodness? How earnest I want His will to be done instead of mine?

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left. -Isaiah 30:21 [NLT]

#2 No Parking

As I went to my church, I saw a road with these 'No Parking' signs line up in a very short distance. Then I thought, does not it like how God works in our journey? He gives many "No Parking" signs in the road where God intends us to keep going on. In Genesis 11:31-32 told a story of Abram's father, named Terah, who was intended to go from the land of Ur to go to Canaan. But as they came to Haran, Terah and his family dwelt there. In verse 32 it was said, "So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years and Terah died in Haran"

Interesting isn't it? Terah has become one example of people who are called to travel from Ur to Canaan. But the Bible does not explain why he stayed in Haran and even died there. The name "Terah" means "delay", while "Haran" means "barren". Do not be another Terah who stays on a barren land ;)

When God called you to reach Unknown zone, keep going on in faith. Do not settle along the road. God will give you "Parking" sign in His appointed time and place. Do not quit before you reach there.

#3 Go Round

Hmm this one is strange ... Why should we go round when we intend to go straight or left? This "Go Round" sign usually appears on intersection road. It is very vital to manage the flow of vehicles so that they will not crash one another. It also demands each vehicle to reduce their speed and simply go round. In this life, God usually ask us to go round first before we go straight. There are various reasons for this. He wants to prepare you along the way before you reach your destination which may demand certain level of faith, responsibilities, endurance, and characters. These will not be developed in a short time. Thereby, God leds us to go round first until we are ready. Even the Israelites went round for 40 years in a journey which can be reached for 11 days because of their lack of faith.

"We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps."
-Proverbs 16:9 [NLT]

Be patient as God leds you to go round. Enjoy His process.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks,
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [NKJV]

#4 No U-Turn

There is a sweet meaningful hymn which says,

I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back.

"One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple." -Psalm 27:4

When we say "all the days of my life" we need to mean it. In wedding vows and in our commitment to God. It is not a matter of how good we start, but how good we finish the race. A person is said a committed one when he finishes well what he has started. Once God has called you to a journey of faith, finish it well. Do not go back to the mediocre or worldly life you used to live. God rewards those who are faithful in His calling. He does not expect you to be perfect, but faithful. When you fall down, stand up, and keep going. No turning back, no turning back.

Let us be the one who boldly confess once we meet the LORD in Heaven,"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." -2 Timothy 4:7 [NKJV]

#5 Do Stop

Oh yes, there will be "Stop" sign too. Indeed, these signs may appear a few times in a day. God wants us to rest and simply spending time with Him. He does not design us to be a buzzing bee all day long. He wants us to rest and drink from His water of life to get refreshed. He wants us to be consumed with His flowing love.

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light -Matthew 11:28-30

In ancient times, the farmer would often to yoke a young animal to an older, stronger, or more experienced animal who would bear the burned of young animal through his learning. In this verse, Jesus is opening His arms widely and waiting for you to pass on your burden upon Him. When you feel that your burden is heavy and hard, it means that you have not letting God to bear yours.

Will you surrennder ALL your burdens to Him?

#6 Do Not Enter

Naturally, we do not like to be told "Do not ..." For many of us it seems like robbing us from our freedom. Maybe that is why so many people dislike hearing the 10 Commandments and the law really make us dead. The nature of sin is this: we are attracted to what is forbidden. We do not to be taught how to disobey, even such an 'innocent' child gets more curious the more they are forbid to do something. The "Do Not Enter" sign will not mean anything if we do not trust the One who gave it intends it for our own good. It is a problem of trusting in God's goodness. The Lord says, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32, NIV). Maybe what our natural eyes see as restriction is actually the thing that can set us free. Take an example, when we maintain abstinence in sex before marriage, it will seem like we are 'restricted' at the moment. But in God's viewpoint, He knows that when we do that, it will make us become its slave. And we will never enjoy its reward on marriage.

The more mature we are, the more we think like Him, and act as if He acts in everything we do. Maintain that perspective. The "Do Not Enter" is God's protection for you to enjoy His very best. Never doubt in His commandments and goodness. Do not let disobedience rob His gifts :)

#7 Go Together

The Lord never intend us to reach our goal by our own strength. He wants us to cooperate with Him and others. Do not neglect the importance of your relationship as you travel on the journey of faith.

A company of friends may not make your journey faster sometimes, but they do make it more enjoyable.

It is also important to notice in this "Share the Road" sign that not everyone will start with the same vehicle. Some may have started the journey with cars, some with bicycle or motor bikes. It takes a willingness to adapt with each other's phase to make the journey fun. The one with bicycle can also join the ride with those who use car to make the journey more efficient. Whatever the form of cooperation will be, it is better two travel with companion than alone.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
-Proverbs 27:17 [NIV]

The Value of a Friend
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one lift up his compannion ... And a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
-Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 [NKJV]

The third cord is God Himself, and the relationship intertwined with God is a threefold cord that is not quickly broken -David Guzik

God's Signpost are the clearest when we are the closest to Him. The Lord will reveal it the most to those who let Him lead and obey whatever His guidance will be. So are you ready to ride on the journey of faith in God? ;)

-by Leticia Seviraneta

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