How do you respond to instruction?
When God would give me a new instruction, I would instantly believe I had done something wrong. It was less about the instruction and more about me feeling unseen. God hadn't acknowledged my past efforts and due to open trauma wounds, I couldn't help but feel I had missed something. Can any of you relate?
When Elijah wanted to run away because of what transpired in 1 Kings 18 and 19, God gave Him new instructions. It’s not that God was mad at Elijah or displeased with his presence of fear, but more so concerned about his purpose. Instead of focusing on what was done already, God encouraged him to move forward.
In some seasons of your life, God has to remind you that He has great plans for you. That when He comes in to give you new instructions, it's because He wants you to grow more. Through those instructions, He's giving you the steps to do so. Just because He instructs you to do something different doesn't mean you did anything wrong before.
Don’t despise the new instructions, embrace them because you’ve been doing something right!
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."
Psalm 32:8 NIV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What are the new instructions God has given you? What do you do when God gives you new instructions? Do you take it as a punishment or a sign for more growth?