The path of obedience is strewn with grace. Disobedience is a desert. Proverbs 13:15 Amplified says, “Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard (like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp).” If one aspect of our life is hard, we need to ask these questions. ‘Where did I get off track?’ ‘What command did I disobey?’
When our way opposes God’s way, He will oppose us. Balaam is a great example. Numbers 22 is the whole narrative. God told Balaam not to go. Balaam went anyway. Verse says, “Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him…” Verse 26 says, “Then the Angel of the Lord…stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.” Verse 32 says, “…I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.”
James 4:6 says that He resists the proud. In what area of your life do you feel stymied? Proverbs 6:23 Amplified says, “For the commandment is a lamp, and the whole teaching (of the law) is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” One of the ways the Lord opposes us is through frustration.
Years ago the Holy Spirit gave me a definition of frustration. God intercepting my way to redirect me into His way. That day was redirected many times. I was on my way. An accident ahead stopped traffic, so I missed my appointment. Then my car overheated. Someone gave me a bottle of water and told me to wait for my radiator to cool down. I finally started to go back home to the left, and the Holy Spirit told me to go to the right. It was late so I stopped at a restaurant. As I walked by this table, there were my friends from another country. I didn’t even know that they were in town. The Lord did! He intercepted my way to redirect me into His way.
Reluctance is a fleshly reaction. If I had been reluctant that day, I would have missed what the Lord wanted to accomplish. Procrastination is rooted in a hidden reef of reluctance. What has the Lord called you to do that you have put off? Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.”
If you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, here are two great verses to use as prayers. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” Verse 14 Amplified says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.”
One who is living in sin does not worship. Sin covers our heart and blocks any intimate communion with the Lord. Sin is pride, and God stands as an adversary against our sinful way. Sin’s way is a spiritual desert of barrenness. A ready heart is His joy. He lavishes His abundant grace on the humble. It is essential to note which path we are on.