Oswald Chambers wrote, “If the Spirit of God has stirred you, make as many things inevitable as possible, let the consequences be what they will.”
When God puts a desire in our heart (as opposed to the desires of the flesh – Gal. 5:19) we must make it as inevitable as possible. Scripture says, “For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases Him.” (Phil. 2:13 ISV) God gives us desire and ability, but we must act on it. This is where most of us get mired down, in the acting on it. We tend to be afraid to move because we don’t want to “get out in front of God” or “make it happen in our own strength” or “God hasn’t shown me what to do yet”. Yes, this is a real concern, but I think for most of us that this is not our prevailing vulnerability. I think that we are more susceptible to procrastination, playing it safe, faithlessness. Paul wrote, “If people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing…Show me your faith without doing anything, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2) I would rather pursue a desire that I believe God has given me and have Him adjust my understanding and course than to live a small life with little risk, reward or relationship. We must “make as many things inevitable as possible.”
Chamber’s also said that if “you do not let that emotion have its right issue in your life, it will react on a lower level.” This sheds light on some of the frustration, discouragement, jealousy and anger I’ve wrestled with at times. So often, when we experience these types of emotions we react by simply telling our self to “stop it” instead of trying to find their headwaters and learning something about our heart.
Denying or ignoring the stirring of God is not a safe thing to do nor does it lead to life.
Pursuing the stirrings of God with you,