Going Against the Flow

Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org

Weekend, April 28, 2012 & April 29, 2012

Going Against the Flow

Read | Psalm 62:1-6

A majority may rule in this world, but in your personal life, one Person rules–and that’s God. It makes no difference if 10,000 people tell you what you ought to do. Once you have decided to follow the Lord, it’s best to stand right where you are until you get marching orders from Him.

Does this mean we should never take godly counsel? No, it doesn’t. It simply means that when we know God hasn’t said “Move,” we should not yield to the temptation to please others by following their directives for us. In other words, while seeking scriptural advice, believers should also listen for the Holy Spirit’s promptings and warnings. For example, when dealing with your children, you may sense there’s a time to bring up an issue and a time to hold off (Eccl. 3:7b).

Sometimes, however, a fear of failure may discourage us from doing things God’s way, making us think, What if things don’t turn out the way we planned or we’re ridiculed by our peers? But ultimately, we must ask ourselves whether we’re going to listen to God or the world. Remember, you never have to fear failure when you obey the Lord. He’s the one who intervenes in times of hardship. And He promises to act in behalf of the one who waits for Him. (Isa. 64:4)

Remaining steadfast takes courage. That’s why Paul said, “Be strong in the Lord,” (Eph. 6:10). All the pressure in the world can’t make you budge when you trust the Rock upon which you stand. If you wait for God’s guidance, you can act with complete confidence of a successful outcome.

Psalm 62

God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.

For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1 My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

3 How long will you assail a man,
That you may murder him, all of you,
Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
4 They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
They delight in falsehood;
They bless with their mouth,
But inwardly they curse.
Selah.

5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.
Selah.

9 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

11 Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;
12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord,
For You recompense a man according to his work.

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