As my wife and I made the two-and-a-half-hour journey back home from a conference, our faith was tested.
Suddenly, a storm began to brew. It was a gully-washer. My wife peered out the side window. I could see that worry had overtaken her. I almost pulled over, but as quickly as the rain had begun, it stopped. Unfortunately, so did our GPS. We found ourselves traveling down a winding, two-lane backroad with only the headlights as a light source. We inched our way through the eerie darkness.
As we continued, the road appeared to be carrying us deeper into the darkness. However, I felt a sense of peace. God was assuring me we were traveling in the right direction.
“Are you sure this is right?” my wife asked.
“I feel like this is the way the Lord wants us to go,” I reassured her.
After traveling about ten miles, we were back on a well-lit road with signs to lead us back to the interstate. We were certain the Lord had directed our path. That night strengthened our faith. We’d had to rely on God to lead us, and He did. With no GPS, no streetlights, and through many twists of the road, we found our way by listening to God’s subtle promptings within our spirits.
The Lord uses these faith-stretching moments to help us gain confidence He is there.~Charles E. Maldon, Jr., author of In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage
Can you recall a time God has directed you in this way? It may appear the path will never come into focus, we start to believe we are left to find our own way, only to discover the Lord has been leading us all along. My wife and I had a strong urge God was with us that night of testing, and He was.
Trust is a step-by-step process. We learn to depend on an omnipresent God in these times. He knows where we are going and where He wants us to end up. The Lord uses these faith-stretching moments to help us gain confidence He is there. This results in us becoming more Christ-like. Because my wife and I had no physical direction cues that night, we had to trust the Holy Spirit who was present with us to give us direction moment-by-moment.
Then he said to Him, If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.~Exodus 33:15 NASB
Uncertainty can be a step that pushes us to permit God to lead, or it can be what hinders Him from moving in our lives. Moses is a good example. God chose Moses to bring the people of Israel out of bondage. God gave Moses the commission to lead the children of Israel to freedom, and the path to get there was a faith walk. Moses was unsure of what God’s plan was and who would go with Him. He had to trust God for those details, and that over time as he stepped out in faith.
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.~Psalm 37:5-6 NASB
On that faith-stretching night my wife and I experienced, we had to stop trying to figure it all out and instead trust the Holy Spirit for direction. We learned that we are not the conductor. We are just the instruments selected to participate.
Reputation and status do not move God. Rather, our obedience moves Him. He wants us to reach His destination by listening to His voice and following His promptings. When God affirms He is directing us, this gives us peace. We still may be concerned, but we can find comfort by trusting. When we commit ourselves to the Lord, He takes care of us and brings His purposes to fruition, and that through us.
How obedient are you in the midst of uncertainty?
Father God, thank You for loving me and for Your divine protection. Please help me to trust You even when I am uncertain of what is ahead. Thank You for showing me daily that I can trust You. Forgiving me for times when I did not. Help me to continue to grow in the trust factor so I can accomplish Your calling upon my life.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Break-Thru Ministries,a men’s ministry which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Break-Thru Ministries, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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