Training for Reigning - 44 - Some Guidance Notes pt2

Having SETTLED IN your mind, and before the Lord that, at all costs you desire the will of God rather than your own to be the solution of all your problems, you will find that you have placed yourself in a position of meekness where God will be able to make known His will to you. Let me describe it as a condition of "good reception" in replacement of one of "poor reception"
- which always is the chief hindrance to learning His will. Continuing from the last chapter:
(3) The Holy Spirit’s Signals for Action.
As a man upon earth, the Lord Jesus voluntarily chose to be guided by, and to perform His miracles through, the Holy Spirit:
Luke 4:18; Matt. 12:28; Acts 10:38. Several times we read of Him acting when He "perceived" something that indicated one of the Spirit’s signals for action. See for instance, John 6:15, where His perception of the people’s before-the-time intention became the signal to Him to withdraw Himself.
Now I do not forget that He was the Son of God, and that the Holy Spirit had not been given by measure unto Him. Nevertheless, Scripture charges us to follow (in our measure) His example, while Acts 14:8-10 is a later record of guidance recognized through perception.
Consider them:
(a) John 4:4: "And He must needs go through Samaria." We do not know specifically what the necessity was; but He recognized it as being the Spirit’s signal for action - and so He went through Samaria. That God intended to save a lot of Samaritans is evident from verses 39, 41, 42. But it was the necessity, whatever it was, which indicated that both the course, and the time to take that course, were before Him. (At least seven other such promptings of the Spirit are evident in this chapter).
Here then, is an important guidance factor. When we perceive that we must do a certain thing - having assured ourselves that such action cannot be contrary to any known teaching of the Word, and (after applying every test), that to delay any longer is not possible - we shall perceive in the Necessity the Spirit’s signal for action.
A certain brother, having a growing family with its many needs, and feeling it to be his duty to provide for them as well as possible, used to quit his job and take another whenever he saw a chance to earn more money. But more and more he became subject to layoffs and lost time for other reasons. Finally (in a time of distress) it was pointed out to him that his job-changing practice was displeasing to the Lord. There was no Necessity for his actions. Repeatedly he had told others of the Lord’s kindness in finding him work. Yet whenever what looked like a better opportunity came his way he would say (in effect) to the Lord: "Thanks for the job, Lord; but I know where I can get more money, so here it is back again." (H!).
Urged to stop this God-dishonouring practise, and to hang on to the next job the Lord gave him until the Lord took it from him, he consented to try out the plan . . . although somewhat alarmed to think that such a course might end in his having to be discharged before he might be free to leave it. Result: steady employment until nearing his home-call.
LEARN TO EXPECT AND WAIT FOR THE LORD TO PUSH YOU AROUND, if, for example, you have "prospects" for a better position; for gaining a boy or girl friend; for buying a car, a home - or more clothes; if exercised about the Lord’s work, or having a place in your mind for Gospel work, . . . or with respect to anything you can name: Psa. 25:9; 32:2-9; Isa. 64:4; 49:23 last clause; Psa. 34:22; 37:7. Remember, it is better to be a mile behind the Lord than to be one-hundredth of an inch ahead of Him! In the former He still is leading; in the latter we are completely without a guide, John 8:12.
(b) Prov. 4:11 assures us that when we are following "right paths" we shall find the various "steps" in the course do not become "straitened" (narrowed) to hinder our progress. Nor will the path we are following have stumbling blocks to trip us up. If then, we believe we have the Lord’s mind about something, we may take one step towards the doing of it. If the course remains clear, pleading Psa. 25:9, we may take a second step, and continue thus towards the objective; vs. 24-27. But if the path should become obstructed in any way, we do not ask the Lord "to open up the way" (lest Satan answer our prayer!) but come at once to a full stop. For, unless the condition be that described in (c), we are on a wrong track. Another translation renders the first half of verse 12 in these familiar words, "As thou goest, step by step, the way shall open up before thee."
(c) Josh. 3:15, last clause, shows that when we are following a course which we know to be of the Lord’s choosing, it is possible to find the pathway completely blocked ahead of us. At such times, contrary to the teachings of the worldly.minded, we are not to try to push past the obstacle, nor over it, nor through it. We are to stand still and WAIT FOR GOD TO ACT FIRST:
Josh. 3:3-4; Psa. 130:5-6; Acts 16:6-10; 2 Cor. 1:15-17.
(d) My space is over-run . . . and there is much more guidance teaching that should be noted. But let me close with a brief reference to some of "the mistakes of Moses" (and their corrections), recorded in Acts 7:22-24 . . . mistakes made by many of us repeatedly.
-Vs. 25: He had a call from God.
-Vs. 23: He had a right exercise.
-Vs. 24: There seemed to be a definite need for action.
-Vs. 23: By human standards he was old enough; hence if he ever intended to do anything, the time to do something to correct matters had come. And seemingly (since no one else did anything) "it was up to him."
-Vs. 25: He supposed his brethren would understand, and support him.
-Vs. 30: But, alas! he was FORTY YEARS TOO SOON! For neither he, his people, nor the Egyptian scene were ready for the out-working of God’s plans.
The lesson: Exercise alone is a dangerous guide. We must have not only a call from God, and an opening, but also GOD’S TIME TO ACT . . . which, as in every Scriptural example known to me, throws us right back on waiting for God to act first, and waiting for Him to push us around - the opposite attitude to self-direction. Respecting Moses, when God’s time for him to act had come, it would seem that He had to push him into doing everything! Read Ex. 4, and you will see what I mean. May the Lord give you dear young people, and the writer an understanding of His will in all things . . . and that right early.