Grace For The Journey
In Exodus 33:15 Moses says to the Lord, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” Perhaps there is no more insidious church cliché that holds Christians captive than this one:
“You will know you are in the center of God’s will
When you sense a peace about your decision.”
There may be times when you sense a peace about a decision you are about to make, but make no mistake, the Bible is full of examples of those who did not and yet followed God’s leading into His perfect plan for the “peaceless” path they were to travel. In my blog today, I want to consider several biblical principles about this unbiblical cliché.
To begin with, I believe we need to clear up the matter of “peace” as it is presented in the Bible. Peace is promised to the people of God, but . . .
That peace is rooted
In an objective fact,
Not an emotional feeling.
When Paul wrote in Romans 5:1 that “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” he was telling us about an objective fact. The first fruit of justification is peace with God, because we have been brought back into a right relationship with our heavenly Father. This peace is a result of the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus performs in the life of every believer, not a result of making right decisions. So . . .
To assume that a decision is right
Simply because you have
A peace about it is wrong.
When God called Moses to be the deliverer of His people, a sense of peace was as far from him as the east is from the west. Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) – this was Moses’ first attempt to dismiss God’s call on his life. After God assured Moses that He Himself would go with him, Moses came up with objection number two: “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13). The Sovereign Lord dismissed that excuse with His great declaration that “I Am Who I Am,” but Moses was still troubled. “What if they do not believe me or listen to me?” he asked (Exodus 4:1). God dismissed that excuse with the “staff into a snake” and the “hand as white as snow” illustrations. Moses had no other excuse available to him, so he simply asked God to pardon him from his peaceless calling because he was not an eloquent speaker.
At no time did Moses experience any sense of peace about the decision God was calling him to make. It was just the opposite! And remember this . . .
God not only made it crystal clear
What He wanted Moses to do
Through His spoken Word,
He accompanied His command
With supernatural miracles.
Yet none of that gave peace to Moses.
God was calling Him to do what he could not justify with a sense of peace about his decision.
What about you? Are you facing any decisions today where God seems to be calling you to walk a peaceless path? You are in good company! Seek godly counsel and continue praying about it, but know that the key to understanding what is God’s calling will often not be found in peace, but rather in His presence – the place to which God ultimately brought Moses. And when Moses sensed God’s presence, he could then say sincerely, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Exodus 33:15).
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey …
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”