Going Against the Flow

You don’t have to fear failure when you trust and obey the Lord.

Psalm 62:1-5

God speaks to us, and yesterday we learned how important it is to listen to Him. But as we all know, His isn’t the only voice out there. Does this mean we should never listen to those around us? Of course not—especially when the voices belong to godly men and women the Lord places in our path. But with so many competing messages, we should aim to hear scriptural advice and listen for the Holy Spirit’s promptings above all else. And then we should obey Him. To the extent that we do so, our life will look different from others.

Sometimes a fear of failure may discourage us from doing things God’s way. But ultimately, we must ask ourselves whether we’re going to listen to Him or the world. Remember, you never have to fear failure when you obey the Lord. He intervenes in times of hardship, and He promises to act on behalf of the one who waits for Him (Isaiah 64:4).

Remaining steadfast takes courage. That’s why Paul said, “Be strong in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10). All the pressure in the world can’t make you budge when you trust the Rock upon which you stand. Are you listening to the Lord and obeying Him?