Focus: The stirring in your heart
Psalm 27:5 (NKJV) For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Sometimes your circumstances can cause can cause you to feel like you’re trapped at a place in time. Your mind keeps trying to imagine various outcomes to different scenarios—all in an attempt to help yourself cope with the present—which is not what you would like it to be.
You’re hooked on a feeling that things could be better than they are. You are able to dream up ideas that seem good, but you wonder how they could ever come to pass because of all of the things that would have to change first. Still, you comfort yourself with visions of something different…something better…something more manageable.
You wonder why you have so much trouble concentrating on the present. You have asked God for help, but there are no clear answers at the moment, so your mind continues to ricochet.
When you are seeking God and you continue to have feelings of unrest, He is preparing you for something. One thing you can be sure of at times like these is that change is coming.
The test could be whether or not you are truly seeking God. If you’re not seeking God and you have feelings of unrest—don’t trust what you’re feeling. It could easily be a counterfeit. There are times when God wants you to stay put and there are times when He is stirring your heart to prepare for a move. Even if He is stirring your heart for a move, it might not mean a change is in the immediate future—it might just mean He’s getting you ready.
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What you have to remember is that sometimes the enemy can trick you into thinking change would be a good idea when it’s the opposite of what God would want you to do right now.
This is where you must meet God in the secret place and have a heart to heart with Him. You have to pull your mind back in from the far reaches of your imagination and be still before the Lord. Tell the Lord you want His will and way more than anything and that you need Him to help you sort out the noise that is in your brain right now. He can do that.
He can help you figure all of this out so that you won’t make any mistakes. Truly trusting Him will help you not do anything you will regret down the road.
In all of our ways, we must bear in mind that the Word of God says, “There is a way that seems right, but the end of that way is destruction.” None of us would knowingly choose a path that led to destruction—and yet it happens. If we just go by what we ‘feel’, we might end up on the wrong road…just because it ‘seems right’.
When we truly want God’s way, we won’t be afraid of asking Him to slam a door shut if it’s the wrong one.
When you’ve sought the Lord and He has confirmed His will to you, it still might not be time to press on and push everything that is in the way, out of the way. Sometimes God does things suddenly…but not always. You still might have some waiting to do.
If you have been given full assurance that He is leading you—it’s time to start taking steps of faith. Even as you take a step, ask God for signs and confirmations. Keep telling Him—and yourself—that you don’t want to get ahead of Him. Trust Him to lead and guide you. He will.
For over five years, my husband and I have felt a stirring in our hearts to sell our house. We have had it on and off the market a few times. Houses that we thought we wanted to buy were bought or leased by other people, as we waited for the sale of our house. Each time we have seen a door ‘close’, we have had to believe that what ‘seemed right’ to us—was not.
Being where God wants you to be is the best place you can be. If you are feeling restless right now and wondering why the change you want to happen ‘hasn’t’, there is a reason you can’t see. God is lining things up. He has a plan for you that is good. What He has in mind is worth the wait.
Continue to meet Him in the secret place and quiet your mind before Him. He will not let you down.
Declaration: I will find new strength by trusting God for my future. He will always show me His faithfulness.