Following God Completely
“Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp.” Numbers 9:17
The people of Israel in the days of Moses learned to follow God completely. Numbers 9:17 tells us that when God moved they moved and when God stopped they stopped. In essence, they took their daily marching orders from God.
Most people I know struggle at times with finding the will of God for their lives. Other times, we simply allow ourselves to get out of step with God. It is usually in those times that we try to rely on our own devices to steer our course and determine the direction of our lives. Choosing to align ourselves with God is central to finding the will of God for our lives.
Elisabeth Elliot articulated this truth well when she stated: “The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”
In other words, finding the will of God is all about who we choose to direct the daily course of our lives. We can choose to do it ourselves or we can choose to commit our entire lives to God and allow Him to direct us daily. We must learn to do as Elliot says and line ourselves up with Jesus. How do we do that? We do that by spending time in God’s word and spending time daily in prayer. We must learn to cultivate our relationship with God if we desire to know His will for our lives.
Also, I am afraid that we think that finding the will of God means understanding what we are supposed to do for the next 30 years. I do not believe that is it at all. I believe that God wants us to turn over the daily controls of our lives to Him and then trust Him to guide us each and every day. As we trust Him with each day, He then will give us more light in which to walk.
The most frustrated I am in my Christian life is when I try to control the events and the direction of my life. On the other hand, when I spend time with God and allow Him to be my focus then I can more clearly sense the direction that He would have me to go.
Following God completely is all about making the choice to do so every day. I am sure that many of you today are seeking an answer for some question in your life. I pray that you would choose to trust God for those answers. I pray that each of us will learn to follow Him so completely that we will move only when He provides that direction. May God bless each of us as we choose to trust Him!