Remember the time you desired something, and it looked like it wouldn’t work out? If you have experienced this, I bet you would tell me it wasn’t a pleasing experience.
I have an experience of my own.
Recently, there was a strike at my workplace. My sister owns a bookshop but she’s usually occupied by her office job during weekdays, she has a sales girl who helps her. Unfortunately, her sales girl is now busy writing her SSCEs. So she called me to ask for my help in the meantime.
I initially disagreed, thinking to myself, “This is the right time to improve on your skills, read more and rest well baby girl.”
Later at home, however, I thought about my decision again, prayed earnestly about it, and slept off like a full-fed baby.
Humanly speaking, the plans I longed to fulfil during the strike seemed to have been altered, but I yielded to the Spirit’s leading to take up my sister’s request, and I was astonished at how God came through for me. He did, more than my desired expectations. But that is a story for another day.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out onto the world. (NIV)1 John 4:1
There are times you might be confused or sad about making a decision you actually don’t desire to make. It’s OK to be sad even after making a Holy Spirit-led decision.
Mary (the mother of Jesus) is a typical biblical reference of someone who yielded totally when led by God.
“I am the Lord’s servant”, Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. (NIV)Luke 1:38
Despite being greatly troubled at the words of the angel Gabriel, Mary’s response showed her great yieldedness. She wasn’t afraid to voice her questions, but in the end she choose to yield totally and was greatly rewarded.
It pays to obey the leadings of God. it may sound foolish to the carnal mind but when yielding to the Holy Spirit, allows you to experience His mysterious wonders.
How yielding are you to God?