14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
All of God’s sons and daughters can trust God to lead them.
When God leads you, it is not a forced march. The Greek word for “lead” is ago which means “to lead as a shepherd leads his sheep”. God’s leading is both gentle and loving. Like a good shepherd, God will direct you to the path which will bring rest and refreshment.
Sometimes we are unwilling for God to lead us. We want to override God. Somehow, we are fearful of Him, suspecting His way is both controlling and repressive. Our fear of vulnerability actually comes from a place of pride. We think we know the best road to take in our journey of life.
God is our loving Father, and he seeks to lead us because He values us as His children. And it is exactly that we are sons and daughters that God gave us His Spirit (Galatians 4:6) so that we will not walk according to our flesh, but always walk in step with His Spirit (Romans 8:1, 4; Galatians 5:16). Have you ever noticed that people who are willing to let God lead them seldom get lost? They may not actually know what lies ahead, but they know who’s ahead of them.
Being led by God is not a feeling.
Many believers, somehow, assume that they need to wait for some kind of feeling to move them before they do anything. Moreover, even if such a feeling does come, you will most likely question whether it is from God.
If you always rely on your own fleshy human impulses to dictate your actions, you will always live in conflict with God’s Word. Being led by God is being led by His Spirit through His Word. For His Spirit can quicken every Scriptural word and make it clear and relevant for you to act accordingly. The Bible says the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:29) and if we truly listen to His leading, our attitude and behaviour will surely reflect such graciousness that befits our belief of God’s grace in the gospel.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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