“The Lord has led us to . . . .” How often I have heard this as the reason for making a decision in life. Really? What is your burden of proof? What Scripture parallels your decision? Is it really the Lord leading you? Now, don’t misunderstand, because I know in my life and others that indeed the Lord was truly leading just like Abraham’s servant (Genesis 24:27). My concern here is simply, is it the Lord or is it a cover statement for what you really desire in your heart, what you really want? Is there real honesty in this decision? Have you spent much time in surrendered prayer over the decision?
- God never moves or leads us contrary to His character.
- Perhaps God would have us stay in an uncomfortable place or position because He has some ‘whittling” to do in our lives; some more work of heart.
- Sometimes, the motivation to make a decision or a move is really from my selfish heart, motivated by what I want rather than what God is leading me to do.
- Is the Lord really leading you or are you being pressured by other people?
- Certainly, we are often challenged to step out in faith like Abraham (Genesis 11-12; Hebrews 12), but one thing is for certain, it is always for God’s glory.
The next time we use “The Lord has led us” statement, let’s make sure He has; that our heart is right and honest before Him; that our motivation is genuinely for the exaltation of Christ and God’s glory.
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Psalm 25:9-10 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.