I have a huge heart for the homeless and hurting, so imagine how excited I was when the Lord put on my heart He wanted to increase the number of homeless shelters and rescue missions on my distribution list for the Gospel tracts and lara love’s Good News Magazine pocket-sized booklets sent out around the United States. There are numerous prisons and jails on the list, for which I am so thankful, but the very few facilities for people who are homeless have lessened over time rather than increased as I so would love.
I quickly assumed the obvious. The homeless shelters and rescue missions to be added to the list should be Christian facilities so they would be okay with receiving and distributing my tracts and devotional magazines. And I should use a list I found on the Internet of such facilities rather than do any research outside that list. The list had already been compiled. I assumed the obvious. Christian list already compiled. I would reach out and offer to add them to my list. But the Lord stopped me! And He reminded me of this. This message I share with you now.
Don’t assume the obvious! For me, turns out the Lord didn’t lead me to exclusively use that list. Nor did He want me to reach out only to Christian facilities. He had a plan and purpose, and I needed to seek Him and His will and timing and trust Him to lead me where and to whom He wanted me to reach out and to open any doors to opportunities He desired.
Therein lies the answer, friend. The Lord and His will and putting our trust in Him and not ourselves. Having faith in Him and not assuming the obvious.
Rather than assume the obvious and live our lives based on it, we need to continually put our trust in the Lord, seek the Lord, hear the Lord, and obey the Lord. Much of the time, I have found the Lord’s leading to be in stark contrast to what was obvious. It’s made my life following Jesus quite an adventure. Challenging, yes, but beautiful because it’s about Him, through Him, and for Him!
Please don’t assume the obvious. Entrust yourself to Jesus and let His Spirit lead the way!
Lord, thank you for teaching me this powerful lesson and for using me to share it with others! You taught me this long ago, Father, but still I fall prey to listening to and following the flesh when I’m not careful. To thinking the obvious and sometimes even to doing the obvious. Surely I am not alone in this. Catch us, Lord, before we go running off in one direction or another to do the obvious. Remind us before we start doing the obvious to seek you, Lord. And when we get caught up in the thoughts before we even take the actions, please help us redirect our thoughts to you and to prayer. Lord, oh we need you more than I believe we could possibly realize.
Thank you for giving us 24-7 access to you through faith in you and for hearing and answering our prayers. I pray this for all who read this message and most assuredly for myself, God. Sometimes you do want us to do what is so obvious. But sometimes, even often, it seems, at least in my life, and perhaps in the lives of many others, you want us to “walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7)” as you say in your Bible, to put our trust in you, to wait for your Spirit to lead us, and to follow you forth! Oh, help us God, AMEN!
p.s. Lord. I thought I was done praying on this. But now I am reminded of the apostles. How often, and, oh, yes, the prophets in the Old Testament, how often you called them to do the seemingly impossible and the totally not obvious. And even in the battles in the Old Testament, those who won didn’t do what was obvious and apparent. They sought you and followed you, and sometimes your directions were way off the beaten track. Like marching around a city. Like setting an ambush. Then at one point Father you called Abraham to leave behind almost everything and go.
Oh, now that I think about it, Lord, throughout the Bible you call your children to do what is not obvious. And all those who had victory in one fashion or another – they followed you!
Help us, help us, help us to lay down our lives, to humble ourselves in your sight, and to do whatever you desire – obvious or not. Thank you for your wisdom, direction, and strength and power as you call us and enable us to follow you, dear Lord. AMEN! Oh, and Lord, all the people in the well known chapter 11 in the book of Hebrews. All those people of faith some refer to as the “heroes of faith.” They didn’t do the obvious, did they? They did as you desired! Help us to do as you desire!
Friend, please keep your heart and eyes open as you read the Bible for how many people who loved and feared and honored and followed the Lord didn’t do the obvious but put their trust in the Lord and lived in obedience to Him!
I hope with all my heart you make the commitment I did long ago to study the Bible daily and to live by it. And watch what the Lord will do in and through your heart and life! AMEN!
Thank you Lord for bringing this message to my attention over and again through the years. Thank you for using me now once again to share it with others. May we all live filled with and led by your Holy Spirit regardless of whether what you lead us to do is obvious or not! Amen!
“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.” Psalm 143:8
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6