Recently, while I was having quiet time with God, things just didn’t feel right. There was something hindering me from sensing God’s presence. While I was still thinking about what was wrong, I was reminded of some things that took place the day before. It didn’t feel like a “major” but to God it certainly was. I am 100% certain the people I was with didn’t know what I was thinking but God knew. I realised that I didn’t express my opinion on some things to avoid ‘awkward’ moments with some new people I met. I just wanted everything to be ‘normal’. I felt like it wasn’t going to make any difference on my stand for things and that I’d rather choose the easy way by keeping quiet and smiling away.
A lot of times we face these difficult and sometimes challenging situations. I am not saying we should always express our opinion on where we stand on things. But you will come across times where God expects you to stand up for Him. To be proud of the lifestyle you choose to live and to stand for what you know is right in your heart. Then there are other times where you’re better off being silent. So how would you know? I think this is where the Spirit of God comes in. It’s crucial for us to hear what God is saying to us every moment of our lives in order to truly live the life we ought to. I believe God takes your stand on things very personally. When I’ve gone to spend some quiet time with Him that morning, I felt like He was saying to me, You didn’t want me all day yesterday and now you’re crying out on how much you love me? Of course, He didn’t say that but I just feel so guilty each time I forget to listen to that still small voice as I get caught up in ‘busyness’ of this life.
Each situation we encounter in this life is very different and has to be dealt with differently. There is no ‘one size fits all’ guide we can follow. But it is good to know that our loving God has got our backs when we need Him. I am the type of guy who loves everything to be black or white. But someone rightly pointed out that life isn’t always black or white. Here a quote from them that’ll make you ponder, “Life can never be black or white. It’s the stuff in between that makes life what it is”. Quite true isn’t it? God certainly has His way of doing things. He takes us through turns we would otherwise never take and asks us to blindly trust Him till the end.