Following God in this Season
Can you believe we made it to November? Let’s be honest, the last 10 months have been a whirlwind! We are living in bizarre times. Never did I imagine reading about a day where a restaurant in New Mexico City is using gigantic teddy bears at their tables to enforce social distancing. Some days it feels like too much, especially when you hear about stories of social injustice happening in our nation. These are desperate times, now more than ever we need to pray for our world.
On a personal level, so many of us have experienced chaos, loss or sickness in the last few months. The pain is real and there’s no denying it. We need the Spirit of God, the Comforter, now more than ever to help us in our daily walk.
If we have learned anything at all in these last few months is that change is inevitable. We all have experienced change in one way or another. Our ordinary day to day routine has changed. Everything has shut down; church buildings, stores, and restaurants are closed. The harsh reality is that we can’t control what’s happening in our world.
So what do we do when the world feels so uncertain and chaotic?
We focus on the one thing we can control: our response to what is happening. That’s where the power is. We get to choose to respond to God’s invitation to go deeper with Him in this season.
There’s one thing that is constant, that is His presence. I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon, “The seasons change, but the Lord abides even more the same, and the streams of His love are as deep, as broad, and as full as ever.”
David so beautifully described this truth in Psalms 139:7-10, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I run and hide from your face? If I go to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too! If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting! Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me.” What a beautiful reminder that we are never alone. The Lord is so intimately aware of us!
What does it look like to follow God in this season? It is a time of reset to dive deeper into knowing the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to lead you. Listen to His whisper. Seek Him for guidance. Fuel your passion to know Him intimately. Read His word.
Secondly, know your identity in Him. And stand firm. We must remind ourselves that our circumstances don’t define us. We see this through the life of the Apostle Paul in the scriptures. I once heard someone say, “If Paul could write His victorious letters from prison, then we can rejoice in whatever trial we might face.” Paul wrote four of the Epistles while in prison in Rome; in today’s culture, quarantine might feel that way for many. Paul is a great example of making most of every opportunity. Our identity is found in Christ, in Him alone. You are not your pain. Your job loss does not define your worth. Do not fall for the lies of the enemy! Allow the Spirit of God to reset your heart and focus. We cannot live according to the patterns of this world. We cannot base our lives on news, social media trends or whatever is popular for the day.
Lastly choose to walk in daily surrender. That is going to look differently for everyone. Jesus doesn’t force anyone to follow Him. He invites us on the journey. Remember our response is our power. Choose to be powerful today by answering God’s call.
As we enter a new season, I want to encourage you to take this opportunity to reset your heart and mind to what the Spirit of God is doing in your life. Even though the last few months have been hard, He is doing a deep work in our lives. I pray the Spirit gives you wisdom, as you set out to make important decisions. Choose to surrender daily. Obey Him no matter what that looks like, allowing Him to mold and shape you. However chaotic and uncertain this world feels right now, we can rest in knowing that our God is faithful and His love never fails.