“No,” she said. “That doesn’t feel right. I think we should go this way.” She confidently turned the car around, and it turns out she was absolutely correct. She went with her peace. Google said, “That way . . .” The Holy Spirit said, “This way.”
But if google said . . . isn’t that enough? We can’t look to the world for our guidance–even from the google-god. We have to look to Jesus and His Word for our guidance. It’s easy to forget we are not of this world. We are citizen’s of God’s Kingdom. The world can not be our guide.
But it feels good . . . isn’t that enough? Heroine feels good, but is it God’s best? Hardly.
But everyone is doing it . . . isn’t that enough? When God called us to holiness, that was the first sign that we would not be living like everyone else.
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” (2 Timothy 1:9 NIV)
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:’Be holy, because I am holy’.” (1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV)
When Paul was a prisoner, King Agrippa ordered that he and other prisoners sail to Italy. When sailing became dangerous Paul advised them not to continue. “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss . . .” Nevertheless, the centurion in charge believed the helmsman . . .and the majority advised them to set sail.”
Majority is not the rule. At first a southerly wind blew and things seemed fine. Then, the wind shifted and in blew a fierce, eastern tempest called, Euroclydon.
Paul had God’s direction, so Paul had God’s confidence–even in the center of Euroclydon.
Our world is increasingly dangerous. All the issues in this country scream for immediate attention as if facinig a giant, unsolvable tempest. (unemployment, the dollar, debt, crazy viruses, terrorism, to name a few) As Christians, we need to have our ears tuned to the Master as never before. Our decisions must not be based on majority opinion. If the world says, spend, it might be just the time to save. Our behavior must never be determined by what everyone else is doing.
The soft wind mentioned in Acts 27:13 gave the crew a false sense of security. “And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.” It must have felt right, but the Word of the Lord had come warning them not to go. They didn’t listen. These men were seasoned sailors. They must have known the dangers of the Mediterranean, right? But, in dangerous times, our experience must not be our guide either.
Sometimes God’s “no” doesn’t make sense. It may seem contrary to all the voices around us. But without God’s “yes” we will not have God’s blessing. That, to me, is more frightening than any Euroclydon I might face. Paul interceded, and God’s mercy came and they were all saved, but with great cost.
My grandson and I like to play “Chapel’s Auto”. We draw the road and the buildings and then move our little cars around. We’ll play this for hours. He is learning to read the signs. Stop. Go. Wait. I pray, especially in these days, that we read the signs, hear God’s small still voice, and never venture on without His peace.
Father, help us be more attuned to Your voice than ever before. Forgive us for choosing the ways of the world over Your holiness. Please, in Your mercy, lead us in this hour in the ways of righteousness. For Thy name sake, Amen.