To hear the still small voice of God speaking in the midst of chaos to your soul, bringing peace, bringing confirmation, and bringing hope.
It is frustrating to be led in a direction and come to a road block. Especially when it seems people are the road block. They do not permit you to move forward, hindering your steps, forcing you back, closing off your path.
It is frustrating to face opposition, especially when unwarranted, motivated by another’s feelings of insecurity, fear, or their concern of how your movement effects them.
Yet, I am learning in the frustration not to be angry with others. Their fear, their opposition, their road blocks, should not dissuade me from following what Christ has called me to do. In fact, if there is no opposition, that is when true concern should come to me.
We have been told that to follow Him means persecution and opposition…even from those who claim to love and serve Him also.
It is not that they are evil, or unbelieving. It is just that they are human, not perfect, fallible, just as I am. We are equal in our failures when it comes to being a hindrance to another brother or sister who seeks to follow after Christ in surrender.
So, to those who find hindrance in their path, do not stop. Keep moving forward. Keep being obedient to your calling. When other believers oppose what you are doing, it is okay to seek godly counsel, reaffirm with God, and seek assurance. But when you receive confirmation you are moving in the right direction, politely excuse yourself, walk around the opposers, and keep moving forward.
Remember, what God has directed you to do, cannot be sidelined by another human. Remain obedient. Keep the faith. Do not stop. Move forward to carry forth the great commission and the great commandment. Is He not worthy of our all?
“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way.” Nehemiah 6:3, NASB
Nehemiah faced a similar situation when he went to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. There were those who opposed him, falsely accused him, and threatened him. What he was doing would mean they could not control the people any longer. They didn’t like the feeling of losing their control.
However, Nehemiah stayed committed to what he was called to do. Even when religious leaders of Jerusalem tried to persuade him to do otherwise.
“He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. Remember, O my God, Tobias and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.” Nehemiah 6:13-14, NASB
Truth be told, sometimes those who oppose you are not purposely trying to keep you from serving Christ. They believe they are correct, and justified in keeping you from serving.
However, if Christ has called you to do, act, serve, or obey in a way that others do not believe you should, do not see in you, or feel is out of your skill set, you must continue to be obedient. It is the Lord we will answer to, not man.
Be blessed! Go serve faithfully as He called you to do.