Did you know that God called Isaiah to walk around “naked” and barefoot for 3 years!? (To be fair, most commentary says Isaiah wasn’t completely naked—more like he was walking around in his underwear or nightshirt—but still!). Talk about a man willing to follow God’s will for his life at all costs!
As I read this in Isaiah 20:2—multiple times may I add—I questioned God.
Why would God ask Isaiah to cast himself into a state of shame and humiliation? What purpose could walking around in undergarments provide?
These questions revealed my doubt in God despite His abundant display of forgiveness, mercy, and grace and regardless of the continual proof that He is faithful and full of purpose. I know God loves me and wants only the best for my life. Don’t you?
So why do we doubt? Why is it we don’t always take immediate action to follow what God tells us to do?
The Road Away from God’s Will
I’m a deacon’s wife who teaches Sunday school and strives to spends time with God daily through His Word and prayer. I seek to encourage those around me and try to spread God’s love to the lost. Now ready for my confession? I’ve been ignoring God’s will for my life for years. By His grace I’m finally starting to see it!
In 2013, I faced unemployment. Thoughts of “God will supply” lasted only minutes before panic about money dissolved my faith and catapulted me on the wrong road. Money can diminish our discernment, can’t it?
My husband advised me not to look for a job and in my heart I knew God called me to “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10, KJV). To wait patiently and peacefully for His will.
Have I mentioned that I can be a bit of a control freak? A few weeks later I accepted a new job and embarked on a dead-end road that kept my wheels spinning but didn’t advance me towards God’s will.
That job sucked the life out of me and at times hardened my spirit. I convinced myself to work through the stress despite nudges from God (and my husband!) to quit. I even tried quitting that job but when I was offered a contract position at a higher pay rate, I couldn’t turn down financial security. Yet, I could find excuses to hide from God’s will.
But as Jonah could not hide or outrun God, neither could I.
Have you ever tried to hide from God? What was the outcome?
Maybe I didn’t end up in the mouth of a giant fish, but I did lose my job 9 short months later. I had no income. No plan. No road to follow. Luckily, God found me and sent me a new way.
The Road Towards God’s Will
You see, God allows us to get lost so that we may find the road towards Him once again. (Think about how many times Israel did this.) I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve been lost all I can think about is getting back on the right road!
My road towards God includes starting this blog, which might I add, is like asking me to walk around in my nightshirt. I feel exposed and question the purpose. I see the people snickering behind my back. This time I pray that I will follow God’s command, as did Isaiah, no matter how difficult it may become.
Recognize that God’s road can be long and hard. You may try to take shortcuts and get lost. There will be times that you need to refuel or fix a broken part. You will even face roadblocks that deceive you into thinking you must find another way. Let God lead you around these roadblocks.
Roadblocks Stopping God’s Will
So what are the potentials roadblocks and how do you go around them?
1. YOU FOCUS ON THE IMPOSSIBLE INSTEAD OF SEEING THE POSSIBLE.
When God calls you to do the uncomfortable or outright impossible, do you find barriers that prevent you from following through on His plan? Maybe you worry about how your life will change or how you might suffer if you obey God’s call.
Sometimes all I see is the impossible in starting this blog. I worry about money. I doubt my qualifications to minister. The fear of what others will think tries to consume me.
Do you ever create a mental list of reasons to ignore our heavenly Father like I do? Do you focus on the impossible and what you cannot achieve on your own?
I believe God intends to ask the impossible. He doesn’t want us to seek our own strength, resources, and ability. He desires for us to see the possible through His eyes rather than the impossible through our eyes. Jesus’ words to His disciples in Matthew 19:26 (KJV) ring as true today as they did then:
“With men this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible.”
Did you get that? ALL things are possible–but only with God. He is the possible. Do we really need any other possibilities? Put your faith in Him.
2. YOU CREATE THE PLAN INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING ITS PROVIDER.
You hear God’s request and start orchestrating how you will get from the start line to the finish line. Does this sound like you? Do you ever map out the details of God’s plan?
I am a take charge woman by nature and designing my life and how to get from point A, to point B, to point C can consume me. For this blog I’ve already brainstormed what I’ll write, filled a Pinterest board with how-to pins, and created a list of technology I’ll need to be successful. Have I missed anything while creating this blogging plan of mine? The one who provided the plan, of course!
Preparing for God’s plan can point you in the correct direction, but only if you continually seek the one who provided the plan in the first place. How can you do that?
- Pray about your next steps and wait for Him to place the answer on your heart.
- Take the time to confirm that the plan you are following matches up with Biblical principles.
- Listen to the provider of the plan. If He tells you to take a right where you thought you might take a left, be flexible.
Finally, allow God to provide all the resources for the plan, whether they be material, financial, spiritual, or otherwise. God promises this in Philippians 4:19 (KJV):
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.”
If He provides the will, He’ll provide the way.
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3. YOU SEARCH FOR THE BENEFITS OF YOUR PURPOSE INSTEAD OF BELIEVING THE PROMISE OF HIS PURPOSE.
This might be the biggest roadblock of all. Human beings inherently seek the value of everything. Do you ever question what you have to gain? Do you make decisions based on whether or not the outcome will be positive or negative?
My mental pros and cons list tell me not to start this blog. The potential struggles outweigh any benefits I may receive. And yet I choose to move forward on the road towards God because of His promise that all His purposes work together for a good greater than any worldly advantage.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:21, KJ V).
Did you catch that last part? God calls you and me for His purpose. Do you sometimes think you can improve upon God’s will for your life? I know I do. I’ve told myself that I’ll start this blog when I have more blog posts written or once I take a class on how to blog. The devil absolutely loves when you try to rework God’s purpose for your good rather than God’s good. Beware. Proverbs 19:21 tells us that man has many plans; however, God’s purposes are the ones that prevail no matter how much you try to intervene for your benefit.
I encourage you to be on the lookout for these roadblocks in your life and by God’s grace to move around them when they try to stop you.
What is God calling you to do and is there a roadblock stopping you from following Him?