One day this past week, I was listening to Pastor Michael Todd with Transformation Church. He talked about how he assumed he could do something, never thinking for a minute that it wasn’t the right thing. However, he soon found out that it wasn’t what the Lord had in mind for him.
Pastor Todd is a talented preacher, but he was in the music business before that was his profession. He can play instruments, write songs, and produce music. So, when he got the call to perform one of his songs for a big event, he automatically said YES!
The song was one that he had written about his love of Jesus. He never thought that there would be an issue with him performing the song and never bothered to consult the Lord about the decision. That was a completely WRONG assumption.
He said that immediately after telling his assistant that he would perform the song, he heard the Holy Spirit whisper to him, “you never consulted me.” After much discussion and some pleading from Pastor Todd, the Holy Spirit said, NO!
Pastor Todd had to then call and cancel his performance at the event. The event producers called back four different times with a different thing that he could do for the event. This time, the Pastor had learned his lesson, so he consulted with the Holy Spirit first. Even then, the Holy Spirit kept saying NO!
Finally, the event called back with one last offer. They asked the Pastor if he would open the event with a prayer. The Holy Spirit responded with a YES!
It doesn’t have to make sense to us.
This story from Pastor Todd touched me for several reasons. One, there was nothing “wrong” with the Pastor singing a song for the event that he had written, but the Hold Spirit said NO. The song would have given the glory to the Lord, so you would think that the Lord would approve.
Two, the Pastor was frustrated but still obeyed. Even though there was nothing wrong with singing the song, the Pastor still obeyed the Holy Spirit and canceled his performance. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t ask why. The Lord is not offended by our questions, but He is not swayed either. Every time the Pastor asked why…the Holy Spirit whispered, NO.
Three, the Lord doesn’t have to tell us why. Even if the answer makes no sense to us, we still should do what the Lord says. I have read many stories of how the Lord told someone to quit their job and move across the country. Some people have been called to move to another country even though they don’t know anyone or have any connections.
Obeying the Lord doesn’t have to make sense to us, but we still have to obey. Maybe the Lord is testing us to see if we will go against what we want and do what He says instead. Or, maybe the Lord has a different path for us for the reason that we can’t even begin to understand.
20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
11 The Lord will guide you always;he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched landand will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden,like a spring whose waters never fail.
For me, I truly feel like starting the blog was something that the Lord guided me to do. I hated having my photo taken, knew nothing about a blog, had no fashion training, and no technical knowledge of computers. So, when my sister talked to me about starting a blog, I said no. It was over a year later when I felt the urging to start blogging despite all of the reasons I shouldn’t.
28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
I wish that I could say that I go to the Lord with every decision that I make. That isn’t the case, although it should be. We can’t fix the past, but we can choose to make better decisions in the future. So, going to the Lord in prayer should be our first response. Then, we should obey the Lord, and follow His word, even if it doesn’t make sense.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!