Psalm 119:67 (NIV)
Before I was afflicted I went astray. But now I obey Your Word. You are good and what You do is good.
Since we are on the topic of ‘Being Led By The Holy Spirit’ in this devotional series, I just feel that it is timely that even as we learn how to do so, we also have to be able to know what deter us from being led by the Holy Spirit.
Thus, for today I would like to introduce all of you to the big ‘R’ word that we are very familiar with, and that is: Rationalizing, or reasoning. Personally, I feel that this particular ‘trait’ is the root cause of many Christians (myself included), not being able to enjoy the entirety of the fruits of our labour, or to give ourselves wholly to God and be solely led by the Holy Spirit. This internal mechanism that we have to only see things with perfect logic can really pose a potential deterrence and stumbling block in our walk with God, if let loose and not controlled.
A lot of people think that by attending church services regularly, reading the Bible and serving in an area which we have been gifted in, automatically qualify us to be on the list that says “Being led by the Holy Spirit”. This, I feel, is only one part of our Christian faith. The major factor that determines if the improvements that God has set out for you to achieve will be realized is your willingness to abandon the worldly train of thought and immerse yourself in God’s plans with faith. It would simply be impossible to get the best of both worlds for they are in direct contradiction to each other most of the time. You would not be able to constantly cling onto your rationales and reasons and at the same time, expect the Holy Spirit to move within you and through you. In other words, it has less to do with achievements but everything to do with obedience.
When God calls you to do something, always remember that the strength to do it never comes from you alone. Basically, all we need to do is to have the faith to go where God leads and the trust to believe that He who has brought us there is the same God to bring us through. Rationalizing is practically the equivalent of doubting, the cause may be fear, varying concerns or worries but one thing is certain: if you doubt, chances are that you’re going to miss out on something good that God has intended for you.
If you’re feeling discouraged at this point in time, don’t be. Because no matter how small and insignificant you think you are in your own eyes, know that God views you in an entirely different manner. Moses said he was unable to speak fluently but God used him to lead His people out of oppression from the Egyptians. Peter was a fisherman but under Jesus’ guidance, he became a fisher of men. Gideon was but a young boy in the weakest clan but God used him to save Israel from the Midianites.
The list goes on but I am sure it is pretty clear by now. To be led by the Holy Spirit does not mean that you have to be the best, or the most prosperous. No matter how broken you are, God can and will still use you as long as you let Him. It’s all about the heart to follow, the courage to obey, the faith to trust and of course, the decision to not rationalize with the King.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You do not see what I was or what I used to do in the past but You see me for who I can be in You. Even as I learn to take the necessary steps to be led by Your Holy Spirit, I pray that You empower me to put a stop to all the compromising, rationalizing and reasoning, when it comes to You and Your instructions for me. It is my desire that as I continue to resist my flesh, You would use me as Your instrument and mouthpiece that seeks nothing but to glorify You in everything I do. Keep me away from temptation and the evil one and lead me in the direction that You desire for me even as I entrust myself to You and be wholly dependent on You. Thank You for all the works that You have done and are going to do in my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”