Monday, July 11, 2011

God's Leading Hand

William and I had only been dating for 2 months when he asked if I would like to come spend a few days with his family at the Neshoba County Fair. I had always heard of the Fair, but thought it must've been some sort of raunchy gathering. I was nervous just in thinking of all of the infamous stories I'd heard about the Fair over the years. I just knew there wouldn't be anyone there I knew. But because I was in love and willing to do whatever I could to spend time with William and officially meet his parents, I agreed to go. There was one condition---I wanted reassurance he wouldn't leave me in a place I didn't know much about or with people I didn't know.

When Israel faced a serious threat from their enemies, Moses asked the Lord in Exodus 33:15, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here." Moses knew the value of having God lead him and the Israelites forward. In fact, Moses wanted to stay put if there was an outside chance that God was not going to go with them.

Obedience to God's will for our life teaches us to want the same thing as God wants. We want to be in God's will and not off on some winding trail that leads to serious trouble and disappointment.

If you aren't sure about the direction you're about to take, pray as Moses, "If Your presence does not go with me, then do not lead me up from here. Block my path and guide me so I will be in the center of Your will."


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I needed that in my life today. You are an inspiration to me.

Angel_Faces_Mom said...

Great, Barbie, and sooooo true! God always shows us the way to go, but first, WE have to ask for directions!