God’s Will (4)
Don’t drive through the red light. Timing is important when you’re seeking to know God’s will. Wait until He opens the door, because ‘what He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open’ (Revelation 3:7 NIV).
Impatience, or acting independently of God, or ‘rushing in where angels fear to tread’ will get you into trouble. God doesn’t ask for your opinion, He asks for your obedience. Red lights are part of His strategy. A closed door is as important as an open door when God’s in control. He closed the doors to Paul at Asia and Bithynia, then opened the door for him at Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10).
Heed the umpire’s call. The Holy Spirit’s role is vital; He alone knows God’s mind and takes the guesswork out of the search. Jesus said, ‘When…the Spirit of truth…comes, He will guide you into all the truth…He will disclose to you what is to come’ (John 16:13 NAS). Develop a heightened sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s promptings by consulting Him on small issues. Remember, you don’t have to be an authority on theology; you’re already fully qualified!
The Bible says, ‘The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them’ (Romans 8:14 NCV). He will bring a deep peace to your heart once He gets you on track. ‘Let the peace…from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds]’ (Colossians 3:15 AMP). Let God’s peace in your heart ‘make the calls’ all along the way. That way you’ll never go wrong.
‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.’ Colossians 3:15 NIV