Will You Follow?
Duane Vander Klok
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
As Israel traveled through the wilderness, they followed a pillar of smoke during the day and a pillar of fire in the night. When the people reached the spot where the pillar rested above the tabernacle, they would pitch their tents and rest. Whenever the pillar began to move and change direction, then Israel would pack their tents and follow. Regardless of where it was going, or how long it would take them to get there, they followed. Let me ask you this: when the Spirit begins to move towards seasons of uncertainty, do you pick up your tent and follow?
Too often, we default to a perfect Sunday school answer: “I’ll follow Him wherever He goes!” But how do we respond when the destination isn’t clear and possibly miles or years away? How do we respond when the horizon is filled with storms and possible struggles, pain, and uncertainty. Or even more, you’ve followed Him and now you’re in the middle of the storm: how are you responding? You see, the Enemy want to do nothing more than discourage you with lies and say: ‘See, He’s not good! He’s forsaken and forgotten you!’
The truth is that God is a good good Father, and He does not withhold good and perfect gifts from His children. Even when we cannot see the destination, He’s still there. The delay of an answer is not a denial. Instead, it may mean that there is something greater waiting for us on the other side.
This week, let’s ask the Spirit to reveal how we are responding. Let’s also use this time to give thanks that He is a good good Father, and put our full trust and faith in Him.