Staying Available For God

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:11-12 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you, but my life can get real busy. In fact, I have found myself getting too busy on many an occasion, and it can cause problems as I begin to wear down, become fatigued, and get out of balance.  This is definitely why I frequently ask for balance when seeking the Lord in prayer.  I think the enemy knows if he can keep me too busy I will eventually burn out and become ineffective in ministering to others. 

So to combat this I try real hard to allow the Holy Spirit lead me in all I do for God.  And since we are to do everything as if we are doing it for God Himself (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor 10:31), then this means I am to allow the Holy Spirit to lead me in everything I do. The fact is, every Christian man and woman should practice being led by the Spirit, because this is a sure sign of our being a child of God.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14 (NKJV)

The problem with becoming too busy is we tend to schedule the Holy Spirit right out of our lives. It’s true! We can put so much on our “To do list” we don’t have any time left in our day for anything else coming our way.  This all but makes those impromptu divine appointments with others all but impossible. 

I have found God has done the most amazing things when I have had conversations with people I bump into. It can be someone I know or somebody new—it doesn’t matter.  All I know is God orchestrates these divine appointments if I will make myself available. I find there are times when I am given an opportunity to share some scripture that I read earlier in my devotional time, or perhaps simply pray for someone who needs encouragement.  But this couldn’t happen if I make my schedule too full.

Q: So how can we alleviate our schedule being too full when there is so much to do?

Stop and take a look at your schedule—ask God where you can better use your time or if He even wants you to do everything you may have on your list. You can even usually network with others to alleviate some of the responsibilities. There’s no doubt that we will have those times in our life where being busy isn’t an option—still, more times than not it is our choice, so we need to seek God’s will and then choose wisely. 

I want to encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer — ask Him if there are things you should be cutting out of your schedule. Try to be flexible for what God brings your way. Leave time for Him to work in your life—whether it is taking a walk and spending more time with Him, or finding a place you can just sit and listen. Whether God is leading you to minister to someone or whether He is simply ministering to you, it will be time well spent. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 8:14 what can we learn about those who are being led by the Spirit of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing time in your schedule for God to use you in the lives of others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek to take the time to invest into others spontaneously. Ask God to bring those who He would have you talk with into your life today. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for bringing people into my life who’ve invested into me when I needed it. Thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to lead me in all I do. I pray for Your leading today in everything I do Lord. Help me to know when I am to stop and invest into another person Lord. I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott



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