“For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.” Psalm 31:3
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
On the eve of leaving Wilmington, NC, for a short stay in the Hilton Head area, SC, before I head off to the Florida Panhandle to a town I’ve never been to stay in a hotel I’ve never seen to serve the Lord in an area I know virtually nothing about in a region where I don’t know a single human being, my car is mostly packed up with most of the few belongings I have left in the world and my heart is ready to carry on following Jesus in this wild adventure of loving and serving God on the road full-time to do streets ministry and write and distribute Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books.
Long ago, I would have thought that having my bags and car packed meant I was ready to travel to my next destination in life, but the Lord has taught me the greatest preparation and readiness when it comes to following Him to our next destinations in life are not about our physical belongings – but about the condition of our hearts.
The Lord took the past few weeks to show me how my heart was filled with fear and how resistant I was in my mind to going forth in following Him. I was trusting in myself trying to get the future figured out instead of trusting in God knowing He already has. I was willing to go physically, but my heart was not prepared. I was walking by sight. Not by faith.
Fearful and resistant because the Lord has not mapped out my future for me whereby I can see and understand it. I can’t see all the details. I don’t know what will happen. I don’t know anybody. What if I don’t like the hotel? What if He brings me all the way there and shows me I’m not there to do ministry work but to be tested like He tested me in my current location?
What if? What if? That’s not faith, friend! That’s fear! If I had stayed on that path, I would have been fearful not faithful! But the Lord moved me back to the highway of faith. So I follow Jesus not follow fear! Fear doesn’t please God; it’s sin. Faith pleases Him! It shows our trust in Christ!
The greatest preparation we can have when it comes to following Jesus to our next destinations in life, I believe, comes by spending time in the presence of God with His Word, in praying to Him, in fasting as He may lead us, in crying out to Him, seeking Him, listening for His voice, waiting on Him, obeying Him when He speaks to our hearts, reaching out to our brothers and sisters in Christ for love, prayer, encouragement, and godly counsel, and yielding ourselves to God as He conforms us to Himself, grows us in His image, and leads us through our lives step by step – for His glory.
Are you ready to go wherever the Lord leads you next in life? Don’t make packing your suitcase your highest priority. May the Lord and His Word be your greatest desire. Seek His face, wait, listen, and follow – for the glory of God! Be faithful! Be filled with the faith that comes when we spend time in His presence with His Word!
Wherever He leads you next in life, may you take the time, love, care, and devotion to look to the Lord and His Word above all else.