|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. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” –Isaiah 48:17-18
These verses, for me, serve as a wake up call. The only problem, however, is that I don’t apply it to my life until after I have disobeyed God and brought disarray to my life. I am sure that we can all relate to this to some extent.
How many times have you gone ahead and done what you thought was right, even though your Spirit was leading you otherwise? I can give you examples of people who made hasty decisions, without God, that brought about so much dismay. Let us start with the Israelites. God made them a promise that he would lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey, and all they had to do was worship him in the wilderness for 40 days. They got impatient and lost faith, and because of this, many died and failed to reach the Promised Land, and the journey that was suppose to take 40 days, took 40 years instead.
Also, I have a friend who met a girl and fell in love with her almost immediately. Everything initially seemed perfect, but he felt God leading him to walk away from her, but he didn’t. Their relationship caused a lot of problems with his family, his friends, and eventually his relationship with God. It wasn’t until after about 3 years of fighting against God’s will that he accepted that she wasn’t the one for him.
I knew a Church member that felt compelled to start a Church. He asked for advice and prayer from many people, and no one thought it was a good idea because his intentions weren’t directed by God. He decided to start up a Church anyway, and after about 7 months, he had to close it down because there were no members or funding to maintain the Church.
The point I am trying to make here is that it is absolutely IMPERATIVE for us as Christians to be extremely sensitive to the voice of God. There are many decisions that we are faced with daily; decisions that not only affect our lives, but also of others that love and care for us. When we make rash and hasty decisions before getting sanction from God, we put our lives in jeopardy and end up with lives of asking ‘what ifs?’
God is promising you here that he has your best interest at heart and will direct you in the way that you should go. If you only pay attention to his commands, your peace will be like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. If that doesn’t put your mind at ease and fill you heart with hope, then I don’t know what else to tell you. God’s way doesn’t always seem logical to our human minds, but that is the beauty of his wondrous works. He likes to surprise his children by doing big things, but you have to have faith and persevere in patience. If the Israelites and the other people in the examples above had only obeyed God and waited patiently for him to open doors for them, they could have avoided so much pain and heartache.
Pay attention to God’s commands and be obedient to his will. When it doesn’t seem like God is responding, keep asking, and persevere until he directs you in the way you should go. Also, remember that “the right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.”
Stay blessed and spread the word.