Some people have a really hard time with the whole concept of God’s leadership, especially when it involves pain or uncertainty. That is why many people are not open to hearing from God in the way that Jesus heard from God.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)
As a case in point, you will remember that Jesus made a whip one day and then proceeded to enter into the temple and drive out the money changers and all the hoodlums who were doing (worldly) business there. Who did Jesus receive this commandment from and how did he know to do this? Did he read it in Scripture? Did wisdom say to do it? Ha! That would be the day that some sage of this world would “recommend” that you go into the country’s most respected and devout religious institution and proceed to use a whip and make a whole heaping commotion like Jesus did! Get yourself killed … that would be the likely result for some people in such situations. Wisdom? But no, not worldly wisdom. Obedience? Yes! Obedience, I say. And to whom? His Father, of course!
“But,” you reply, “that was Jesus.”
“Yes,” I say in reply to you, and Jesus said, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21) And again, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.” (Matthew 10:24)
Are we greater than Jesus? No, of course not. So then, we are not exempt from doing those things that Jesus did, such as driving out money changers from places of worship. But if God called you to do that, would you do it? No, of course, some of you would not! You would let intellectual reasoning and pride take over: the pride that says, “It is not wise to do such things, lest I get hurt.” But that would be another voice speaking to you … and you wouldn’t even know it!
The Holy Spirit would have spoken all right. But the problem is that some other fleshly spirit that has a hold on you would have spoken in reply. And does that not go on continually in your life, so that the wisdom you live by is really “fleshly” in so many ways, and not born of obedience and submission to the Father?
Today, what “rules” have you silently “given” God so that he must follow them? What are your restrictions on God and to what extent does he have the COMPLETE and UNYIELDING freedom in your life to do ANYTHING that he wants to?
May God so bless you as you consider these things.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17)