Friday, July 15, 2011

Following the Cloud


Are you a leader or a follower? (Or someone who hangs out in the middle of the crowd?) Personally, it depends entirely on where I’m headed. I tend to lead when en route to a social function (being the least introverted person in my home), but like to follow when it comes to decisions that affect our family. Teachers seem to have radar that detects leadership qualities in their students, while natural leaders magnetically draw those with a follower instinct.

Did you notice that none of those tendencies apply when it comes to our relationship with God?

Perhaps natural followers have an easier time accepting the Lord’s leadership (although I have my doubts about that conclusion). And it could be that leaders balk more often in the subservient position of a Christian. (Any thoughts?)

But all believers are “slaves of Christ” (Ephesians 6:6). We’ve been bought with a price and no matter how much it rubs our sinful nature the wrong way, if Jesus is the Lord of our lives then He takes the lead.

Sometimes it’s easy, other times you may find it challenging.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any trickier, you realize that God directs in different ways.

Sometimes God leads in the cloud, moving forward through the wilderness in an unmistakable (and rather large) shape. Other times His will blazes like a pillar of fire, obliterating the darkness and blazing a trail.

Still other times you will need to follow His quiet leading through whispers, convictions and time spent in the Word.

A wise man I know, who is a great leader in the church and a humble follower of Christ all at the same time, once said something I committed to my memory (in the hopes of my will coinciding with his words).

No matter how God leads – and more importantly, no matter where He is leading you – it’s important that we not try to get ahead of Him. Letting Him lead in all areas of our life may not be easy or natural. But when we do so, when we do not forge ahead through life with pride and possibly false conviction, we are guaranteed to see His blessings.

Freedom in slavery. Victory in concession. Blessing in supplication.

Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
my God, in whom I trust.”

With Love,

9 comments:

  1. Excellent words for this season in my life--I'll try to commit those words to memory, also. Thanks Di:).

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  2. Freedom in slavery. It's mind blowing, but so very true!

    Letting God lead can be so hard sometimes. We're so much like little children, tugging on His hand then finally letting go and racing to where we think He's leading us... sigh. It's one of those things I'm constantly having to relearn.

    Thanks, Di.
    Hugs!

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  3. Profound, Di...and so applicable to our lives today! There is a beauty in your writing...a soothing, sweet, and unmistakable leading by the Lord. :)
    Biggg Hugs!!

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  4. Wise words, Di. I love your concluding verse.

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  5. Fabulous thoughts. FABulous. Letting Him lead is NOT natural for any of us. But it makes SUCH a difference!

    Great post, sweet Di!

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  6. Oh yeah! Distinguishing His voice, His direction, His will and then submitting to Him . . . all big stuff. Thanks Di. I'm in this spot lately. Was just talking to someone the other night, how I NEED to be in step with the Lord.

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  7. Fantastic post, Di! I'm guilty of following to a point, and then rushing ahead saying, "thanks, I can take it from here." Only to find myself going into the proverbial ditch. Thanks so much for this reminder! Hugs, Rita

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  8. Prov3:5,6 is my life verse. I haven't mastered it yet, but it has been at the root for many life-changing "cloud moments." Thanks for another great post.

    God Bless.

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  9. Even though I'm a "natural follower", I still balk at letting God take the lead sometimes. Thanks for this post, Di, I needed to read your awesome words! Now to assimilate them into my stubborn ways....

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