“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.” Proverbs 19:20-23(ESV)
I was so excited about the plans I was making. One plan led to another and then the excitement began to turn into frustration – where was I going to get the time to do all of this and hear from God and pray and write devotions and exercise etc. etc. How quickly excitement for the future turned to anxiety and frustration. All along I’ve been praying, ‘Lord lead me; Father don’t let me stray from the path you’ve chosen for me.’ and you know what? He’s been doing just that. I simply had to take a breath, quiet down …and listen.
Instruction comes in the form of the Word of God and promptings (leadings) from the Holy Spirit and I’ve been so consumed with my thoughts that I couldn’t hear Him clearly. He wants me to slow down, to put Him first and the work He has for me and in time – the right time – He will bring his plans for me to fruition.
The realization of this immediately brought peace to my heart. One of the sign-posts God uses to point us to His will is peace. A self-check will tell us whether or not we’re at peace. A few weeks ago, while in prayer, I asked the Lord about this ‘jumpy feeling’ I’d been having, whether or not it was still excitement or if it had morphed into anxiety. Doesn’t the scripture tell us to acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways and He will direct our paths? The only clear pathway is the one that God makes for us.
I know that anxiety is an indicator that I’m straying into a place or state of thought I should not be and that God said we should follow peace with all men (this includes ourselves!) so I asked Him what this feeling was. He answered in a way as only He can. There was no condemnation only love and (significant) patience. He’s so lovely!
Beloved, when we are truly in the will of the Lord we will be at peace in our spirit and heart and mind. That is not to say everything around us will be peaceful but we will be at peace; peace that surpasses understanding.
I encourage you today to do a self-check. Are you like I was, are you experiencing anxiety or frustration? Are you easily annoyed while working on whatever project you’ve undertaken? Follow the sign post to the road called Peace my friend. Heed the words of wisdom God has made available to us and be patient, in time (the right time) God’s purpose will be made manifest.