In yesterday’s Sunday School class, we talked about Phillip and the Ethopian eunuch. While there’s rich back-story to how God specifically favors the foreign eunuch and wants him to know that he is blessed, too (see Isaiah 53 – the passage that our international is reading, but also Isaiah 56, specifically), there’s also a simple lesson to be learned about following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I’ve just finished Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels ( 2nd Edition, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998 ) and on pages 164-165 found this nugget,
“…we can summarize that a leading is probably from God if it is consistent with His word, if it is congruent with who he made you to be and if it requires some sacrifice or steps of faith. Let me add a few cautions:
– If a leading requires you to make a major, life-changing decision in a very short period of time, question it.
– If a leading requires you to go deeply into debt or place someone else in a position of awkwardness, compromise or danger, question it.
– If a leading requires you to shatter family relationships or important friendships, question it.
– If a leading creates unrest in the spirit of mature Christian friends or counselors as you share it with them, question it.
I’m not saying that you should automatically reject such leadings unless they are also against the Scripture, but reconsider them and treat them very carefully. Leadings from God can open the door to a fantastically fulfilling Christian adventure, but counterfeit leadings can cause unbelievable amounts of confusion, hardship, pain or trauma.”
And, on a tangential note, I’m asking for prayer on how to best explain the Trinity to a Sunni Muslim. My roommate Ahmed and I were just talking about it Saturday, and I feel that I felt a bit flat.
Blessings on your day,