What it means to be led by the Spirit.


There is a common misconception among followers of Christ that if we are listening to the voice of God our lives will be calm, peaceful and perfect.  When we come up against struggles and find ourselves in difficult situations we begin to question everything, including our faith, ourselves and God.

We have a tendency to panic… and in those moments the voices of doubt, fear and unbelief wiggle their way into our lives and lead us down a fear-filled path of thinking.  We begin to ask questions like…

Was I really following the voice of God in my life?

Has God abandoned me?

If He is good why would he allow this to happen to me?

Is it even worth following Him if this is where I’m going to end up?

I’m actually not sure why we are so surprised when we face difficult situations.  Every story in the Bible shows people of great faith who came up against hard times, adversity and painfully difficult circumstances throughout their lives.  The bible even outright says that the righteous will have troubles… so why are we still so caught off guard when difficulty comes our way?

Psalm 34:19  The righteous person may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all.

We clearly see this in play through the lives of the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt.  If you recall the story, as the nation of Israel followed Moses out of the land of Egypt, they were led by the Spirit of God led into new and unknown territory.

As we read through Exodus 13 and 14 we see two significant things that God did.  He did not lead them directly to the promised land, but rather led them a roundabout way because God knew that if he led them straight to the Promised Land there would be battles they were not yet ready to face.  Sometimes God knows what we need more than we do.  He leads us the roundabout way in order to prepare us for what is coming down the road.  We need to learn to trust him above the current circumstances, knowing he has our best interests at heart and will always lead us the best way.

We also see through this scripture that God led the Israelites into a place where they were trapped.  The enemy barreling down on one side, the Red Sea waves crashing on the other side.  They were completely trapped, under attack and could see no way out.  This is exactly when panic set in.  The Bible says God planned this.  He led them into a place where they were trapped in order to show his glory on their behalf.

Sometimes God will lead us to places we don’t want to go and we never thought we would be in order to do something bigger in our lives than we ever thought He could.

Being led by the Spirit doesn’t mean life will be perfect… but it does mean that life will be an adventure!  Don’t panic.  God’s got this.  If he leads you into a tight spot, then he definitely has a plan to lead you out.

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Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world.  She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children.   Find out more about Brenda here.

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