Here's a sobering thought to ponder: Sometimes God will lead us to a metaphorical cliff, then cause a strong wind to push us over the edge. His loving arms will catch us, but the fall is frightening, to say the very least.
"Why would God do that?" Well... in this life on Earth, there are necessary steps we would never take without a push from the Lord. As humans, we would simply be too afraid. Our reasoning would get in the way. "Common sense" would tell us to flee from the heights of the cliff and head for the familiar comfort of low ground.
I'm sure you're still wondering, "What's the point of being pushed off a cliff?" The truth is, only God holds the complete answers to this question. His purpose is unique for each of us. But in general, when finding ourselves completely helpless apart from the Lord, we experience greater depths of His love and care.
I've been studying the names of God, using a book written by Elmer L. Towns. "The Ultimate Guide to the Names of God" is a 3-in-1 edition, including the names of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God has motivated me to learn His names so I can interact with Him accurately and also more intimately.
Jehovah Sabaoth is "the LORD of Hosts." He is the One who sends forth warring angels.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? – Hebrews 1:14.
I'm glad these angels are large and powerful. I sometimes ask the Lord to send "one of His strongest and best." A good one is surely dispatched, since all the bad angels were expelled. It's also great to know that angels aren't chubby toddlers or beautiful women, as depicted in worldly art. The angels I've read about can be fierce, depending on their assignment.
When I get alone with God and praise Him out loud, the Spirit will often help by giving me words. During a recent time of early morning worship, the Spirit prompted me to thank the Lord for "directing the steps of my heart." I recorded the phrase in my journal because it seems significant. Now I'm becoming aware of how God leads my heart on a regular basis.
Christians are cautioned to not take action based on emotion, and that sounds like good advice. But the Spirit undeniably leads us with Godly desire and love. Certainly, we must not act on human impulse, but when God orchestrates our moves with the beat of His own heart, we would be foolish not to follow.
A few days ago, I found myself doing something that would have been too difficult if not for the tremendous pull of love. In my heart where God abides, I simply had no choice.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love - 1 John 4:8....