Steps of Obedience

Feet walking

Sometimes I want to hear God’s direction. I want to hear exactly what He wants me to do. For some reason I think His voice will always lead me in a happy direction.

Other times I’m afraid that what I’m hearing really is God’s voice, because I don’t want to obey what He’s telling me to do.

I wonder, Why does His voice seem clearest when it’s the last thing I want to do?

I try to convince myself that it’s some other voice—any voice except His. I want Him to tell me what would be more comfortable to do. Easier. Less painful.

Sometimes His leading is hard to discern, but other times it’s unmistakable. And I don’t have peace until I say yes.

I discovered, though, that when I determine to obey, Christ gives me the desire to do it, even though it’s the last thing I would want to do. He gives me peace and strength, even though I’m shaking inside. I have the assurance that I’m doing His will.

I learned today that that assurance is worth all the risks.

Today I’m grateful for the Holy Spirit who convicts, the God who loves me enough to correct me, and the Savior who can change my heart to want His ways and who can give me the strength to carry it out.

~Rachel Sue

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