“The Israelites said, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson. You have saved us from Midian’s tyranny.” Gideon said, “I most certainly will not rule over you, nor will my son. God will reign over you.” (Judges 8:22-23 MSG)
As I’ve gotten older in my walk with Christ, I recognise one predominantly obvious ‘sin!’ That of instead of acknowledging that the Holy Spirit knows exactly what the real problem is, I tend to jump straight into ‘I know how to do this,’ mode.’
For example. A while ago I was invited to a Catholic Worship meeting (which was unbelievably fabulous - these guys certainly know how to sing and dance through their praises)!
Anyway, I ended up sitting next to a woman, who had brought her daughter in a wheelchair. She was about 16 and must have suffered a terrible stroke as half of her face had sagged down. We chatted right up to when the service started and I couldn’t get them out of my mind all during the service, so much so that when the call came to come forward for healing, I asked (begged) the lady if she’d grant me the honour of taking her daughter to the front.
Nothing happened, and I came back so deflated that the woman had to comfort me! It was only then that I heard the Lord say, “Have you finished now? I didn’t want you to focus on the girl - but the Mother!” I told the Mother and she broke down. She’d been carrying some awful hurt and asked if I would accompany her up to the front - where she got marvellously healed.
Dear Holy Spirit, please forgive my abject independence and help me to acknowledge and trust your loving direction over my life and those you lead me to. Amen. ❤️