Every day we make about 3,000 choices. Most of these are automatic habits we live by, and many fueled by emotions. Some are made in the moment, and some choices we make with great intention because we know it’s needed. Whether it’s about what we eat or what how we spend our time, or even how we respond in an emergency, the choice is always ours, choice having been given as a gift by God.
In his book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers writes about choice and learning to live a life led by the Spirit of God:
If you are [learning to] live the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God make your choice for you. God sometimes allows you to get into a place of testing where your own welfare would be the appropriate thing to consider, if you were not living the life of faith. But if you are, you will joyfully waive your right and allow God to make your choice for you. This is the discipline God uses to transform the natural into the spiritual through obedience to His voice.
Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight. The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.
Many of us are entering a season of change. Like Oswald said, the good is not always the best. In listening for God’s voice of direction, I am making a slight change in where I put my written words. I will be investing my writing time in a devotional book project called In the Father’s Eyes, and I plan to post content from that project. In following His leading, the new project will contain more of what I speak about at events and workshops – the identity, value, and purpose of each individual life, how to know the Father’s heart and voice, and teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven, which Jesus talked a lot about.
When we step into something new, we must watch for distractions for they will always come to draw us away from where the Father is leading us. In praying for discernment, we must expect to focus with intention like Nehemiah did as he was rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. Many came with seemingly “good” ideas that he had to ignore to fulfill the call on his life, for these good things were intended to halt his progress. The same is true for each of us today.
God’s mercies are new every morning, and His voice and word are like fresh manna every day – just what we need to know how to live this life of faith, how to walk with others, and how to bring the Kingdom where we are. He is speaking. Are you listening? What new things have come alive in your heart recently? Listen for His leading, for He will never steer you wrong, but always into the BEST for your life now. It will be what leaves a beautiful ripple effect of blessing!
Loads of grace,
From the desk by the window, excited to write on a new page as the sun shines brightly and I listen for His very words.
(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, April 2015