Encouragement

Stop, Look and Listen

Traffic Lights1Let us ask God to be the traffic lights along the journey we are on…

9A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps
~Proverbs 16:9, NKJV~

We all need to be told when to stop moving; sometimes we’re going too fast and just need to slow down. Sometimes we’re going the wrong way, and need to make a U-turn. Sometimes, just sometimes, we don’t even need to be on the go at all; God is already doing it for us, whatever it is.

32Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways.
~Proverbs 8:32, NKJV~

Not just sometimes, but we ALWAYS need to look out for the red, amber and green signs which tell us what to do and when. We are not expected to live this Life on our own accordance or knowledge; in fact, God instructs us to follow His lead (“listen to me”). This takes a great pressure off of our shoulders, and prevents us from making the wrong turn or decision…

Imagine you’re a driver who is lost on route to a location you have not been to before; you quickly grow impatient, frustrated and distracted. Your concentration on the road decreases; you almost drive through red lights and even when it changes to green, other drives behind you begin to violently beep at you because you have not realised that it is your queue to go. The situation does not get any better. With God, we need not to second guess when to move; He will be clear on when we should go, stop or wait.

But it all comes down to hearing, recognising and obeying the voice of God.

Imagine you’re driving with loud, pumping music on; did you hear the beeping of other cars you swerved by or the voices of those pedestrians you almost hit?… It’s the same with God when we distract ourselves (intentionally or unintentionally) or focus on the wrong thing for too long; we either miss His voice or completely block it out….

35I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord.
 ~1 Corinthians 7:35, NET~

We need to learn to ignore distractions which take us away from hearing God and obeying Him on when He instructs us on what to do next on this journey.

Now let’s imagine ourselves walking towards a clear road sign instructing us to use another footpath because the one we’re on is closed ahead… but we proceed anyways. We come to the end and see that it is indeed closed and we have to make our way back again and proceed onto the correct pathway.

God, being so powerful and Mighty, knows the future ahead of us; He is only trying to protect us from making a double trip and taking 10 steps back only to continue the way He intended on us to go in the first place. He knows the humps, the bumps and diversions ahead of us and we would make it easier for ourselves by listening to Him the first time round.

Let us ask God to be the traffic lights along the journey we are on so we know when to stop, when to take a break and when to go. On this journey, we need to know our queue to stop; our queue to wait and although the amber light has been on for a while, it will, eventually change to green – God’s timing will give us the queue to go.

Prayer Points
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Invite God to ask Him to take control over every situation in your life, and to guide you through them

~ Pray God grants you with an ear that listens, a heart which obeys and a mind that trusts in His ways

~ Pray for strength to continue on the route God has put you on

 Original Photo Credit: http://www.magic4walls.com/wallpaper/traffic-light-city-street-evening-red-orange-green-wallpaper-19856.html
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One thought on “Stop, Look and Listen

  1. Amen, for the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord, My prayer is that multitudes of people may invite Jesus christ in their lives as their personal Lord and saviour. in a day the apostles after preaching 3000 people gaves their lives to christ( Act 2 v 41 ) Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever , The same way God used the apostles He can also use you, so let us not grow weary or limit God in our lives, God bless you all

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