Saturday, January 4, 2014

Blank Space!

Have you ever felt ready to do something but then felt uneasy as if something is stopping you?  

Maybe that feeling of doubt is God's Holy Spirit directing you by not giving you inner peace.

That is what happened to me today.  And then I read today's devotional by Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost for His Highest":

"There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait. The blank space may come in order to teach you what sanctification means, or it may come after sanctification to teach you what service means. Never run before God's guidance. If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt - don't!"

January is a time when we make New Year's resolutions and commit to make a change in our life. 

May I encourage you to first take a little time to pray and consult our Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ? God sees the beginning and the end and He is able to guide us not just in the first few weeks of the new year, but He is able to guide us through the entire year. In fact, He is able to guide us throughout our entire life!  

"In the beginning you may see clearly what God's will is-the severance of a friendship,the breaking off of a business relationship, something you feel distinctly before God is His will for you to do, never do it on the impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will end in making difficulties that will take years of time to put right. Wait for God's time to bring it round and He will do it without any heartbreak or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move." Oswald Chambers

FATHER, thank you for your guidance through the Holy Spirit. LORD, help us to respond to the leading of your Holy Spirit - whether that be moving forward or simply waiting for your perfect timing and for Your perfect peace.  In Jesus' Name - Amen.

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. Isaiah 26:3

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