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Ours is Not to Reason Why


How is it possible to confirm an authentic leading when making a prayerful decision in the light of the Lord? This is a question that can manifest as a very real concern especially for isolated individuals or worship groups. In such cases, it is helpful to keep in mind that "peace," felt as an authentic inner stillness on a matter, is the Lord's affirmation that a decision has been reached through approved leading. This inner stillness is a firm confirmation which brings comfort to the heart, though it can sometimes neither be well explained nor completely understood, and may take time to fully grasp or realize. Although it may not resolve all of the questions which can emerge in any given experience, this inner stillness does settle the matter of knowing His will is being done. "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

This is one of the many vivid blessings of Christ leading His people Himself, (Fox), - that in matters both large and small we can depend on His guidance and personal attention - personal attention, how remarkable a thing to know for how unworthy we all really are. That He should notice us at all is really something. Yet He does notice us, each and every one of us, and He offers to lead every one into an acceptable relationship with His Father. What a marvel of the measure of His love, that His deep, direct concern for mankind knows no bounds - not even death. Christ Jesus himself assures us through the vital words of the scriptures, that we are not insignificant to God, and our concerns are not inconsequential: Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on our head has been counted. Matthew 10: 29 - 31 (NJB)

What a liberation it is to know that our Lord will ever faithfully be our guide and never leave us wondering about His will. All we have to do is surrender and turn our lives over to Him without letting questions or doubts stand in the way or ever feeling a matter is too small for Him to lead us through.

It is, however, a bit curious to not always be able to understand the reasons "why." But therein lies the essence of child-like faith and trust, the results through which inner peace will certainly transcend the importance of questions why. Peace is the confirmation of His attention towards us whenever we walk side-by-side with our Lord and put His desires before our own. The Holy Spirit settles individual issues in our hearts and this often leaves a sense of inexplicable contentment . . . such is born of faith and trust and is one of the greatest blessings we will ever know as humans; the peace that can only come from a life decision turned over to His will for us.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 (KJV)

Quaker Anne
Dona nobis pacem
5-12-07