Processing Obstacles

The children of Israel had many things that seemed like obstacles. Perhaps the Red Sea is a great illustration for us. They were hemmed in. The Egyptian army was behind them, and the Red Sea was before them. 

Can you imagine what thoughts would be going through your mind if it were you? Moses instructed them with words we need to heed also. Exodus 14:13 says, “…Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…”

I’m in a circumstance right now that has me hemmed in. Psalm 139:5 helps me continually realize that I am hemmed in by the Lord. He is my rear guard, and He is my forerunner. It says, “You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.”

Being hemmed in by the Lord can be seen in several ways. One way is in Numbers 22 which was about Balaam. He disobeyed the Lord, and verse 22 says, “…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 went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.” Have you ever felt like you were in a situation where there was no way to move forward?

Here is another way. I often visit this passage. Acts 16:6-10. Paul and his team sought to go to this one place. Verse 6 says, “…they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit…” What were they going to do? They wanted to preach the gospel.

Verse 7 says that they tried to go into Bithynia, “…but the Spirit did not permit them.” Do you find it odd since they were doing what the Lord has called us all to do? The Lord had a specific ministry that He had purposed. He led them by resistance.

Verse 9 recorded that Paul had a vision. It says, “…A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him saying, Come over to Macedonia and help us.” God’s resistance to what may seem good to us, is Him manifesting Himself to us for clear direction.

What do you do when you feel frustrated? Here is a definition the Holy Spirit gave me years ago: God redirecting my way into His way. Our way may seem right, yet Proverbs 14:12 Amplified says, “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him…” Our way is always directed by our flesh. 

John 6:63 says that our flesh profits nothing. 1 Samuel 12:21 says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.”

For several years, Psalm 5:8 has been one of my morning prayers for myself. It says, “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face.” I don’t want to miss anything that the Lord wants to accomplish in my life. I’m sure you feel the same way. We need His clear direction moment by moment.

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