Many of you have heard or read the part of my testimony where I disobeyed God's instruction to leave Arizona for Washington in September 2010. If you've heard that part you probably also know the consequences that followed were detrimental. The Lord desires immediate obedience, but if you can't obey right away do as soon as possible. It's to your benefit. Read more in this week's post by guest blogger, Tanny Garcia.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely awful when it comes to navigating across the city. If you're trying to get to another side of town, please don’t ask me. The beautiful thing about it is that I have made complete peace with it. I will graciously tell you, with a shrug of my shoulders, “I have absolutely no idea and you should probably ask someone else.”
So when I had to take my daughter to an ice skating lesson across town I decided to use the GPS navigation on my cell phone. I entered the destination address and proceeded to drive. Voila! I heard the pleasant woman’s voice say, “Make a left onto La Cienega Blvd.” Once I made the left she then chimed, “In 2.5 miles make a right onto the 10 fwy.” After I made the right and got onto the freeway, she continued with another instruction. It wasn’t until I had gotten into unfamiliar territory that I realized that this ‘voice’ would not give a new instruction until the last instruction was completed. But, I wanted to know what came well ahead. Not just what was immediately in front of me. Frankly, it was extremely frustrating, annoying and scary. I found myself turning down Noah’s music in an effort to listen more attentively and so as not to miss the next instruction. I humbly realized that I needed this ‘voice’ to direct me or I would be completely lost. And lost with an eager 4 year old in the car. I also realized that this ‘voice’ waited for me to complete the instruction given before proceeding to the next one.
GOD is much like my phone’s GPS system. He will often not give you new instruction until you have completed the last one He’s given you. This doesn’t seem to agree with our human desire to lead ourselves and get somewhere, anywhere fast. We want to know what’s 2, 3, 4 or 5 steps up the road. In having this additional information it allows us some feeling of control. But, GOD doesn’t operate like that. It is written in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Our relationship with GOD is a trust walk. He desires to see you move forward. He desires to see you receive His best. But, we must complete His current instruction.
So, I ask you dear friend: What are you waiting for? What has GOD instructed you to do that you have not yet done? Is it to start a blog, make a phone call, apply for that new job, fast, spend more time with family, spend more time with Him, exercise more? Whatever it is, He’s given you that instruction because it opens up opportunities that you cannot see. He sees what lies ahead and His instructions are given to navigate you to your next blessing, promotion or deliverance.
By completing the current instruction GOD has given you, you're demonstrating faith and faith leads to miracles. Several times in the Bible instructions were given to a person and it wasn’t until the instructions had been followed in the order given that the miracle occurred. For example, in John 2:1-11 Jesus performs His first miracle. He is at a wedding and they had run out of wine. Jesus’ mother, Mary, tells the servants, “Whatever He tells you, do it.” Jesus begins to ‘navigate’ them into their blessing. He tells the servants to fill six stone water jars with water, and so they filled them to the brim. Once that was completed, He then told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet. The result of their following the instructions as it was given was the miraculous changing of water into wine. But not just any wine, my friend. The master of the banquet said that typically the choice wine is served first then the cheap wine last. But this wine he was just given was the best wine served.
Perhaps you don’t know what GOD’s last instruction was for you. Or maybe you’d decided that the instruction He gave you was too hard or required too much effort. Or could it be that you were distracted, thrown off course by something or someone. Well, let me give you this great news: the iPhone GPS “re-routes” you when you have not completed the instruction given. So, if you were told to make a left onto La Cienega and you kept going forward, the beautiful ‘voice’ will give you a new instruction with the intention to get you back on track to your destination.
So, if you don’t know which way to go next, ask GOD in prayer. Have a conversation with Him and let Him know that you need a new instruction. He will bend His ear to you and answer (Psalm 116:2). I promise you. He is waiting to show you great and mighty things. He is waiting to whisper your next instruction to you. And as Mary said, “Whatever He tells you, do it.”
I hope this message blesses you! I see you being given new instruction. I see you receiving it with joy because you know in your heart that GOD is navigating you to the extraordinary future He has purposed and planned just for you before the very foundations of the earth. I’m excited for you! Boy, am I excited for you!
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