Society today is built and structured on rules and principles that will not always work in the best interest of God’s calling for your life. Some may even be masked in the form of responsibilities that take away from you, rather than help you grow, and the consequence of choosing to ignore these responsibilities may be as devastating as attending to them. These are traps and snares set up in the system of the world that by human wisdom, you can’t get away from or overcome. It takes God’s favor, covering, and mercy for you to walk in a manner where you will not fall into these traps or waste time and energy attending to what is the opposite of what God has called you to do. It takes God’s help for the Enemy to not lay waste to your Noonday—because it is while the sun shines that you can work, not afterward. For this to happen, you have to be intentional about making choices, as the Spirit leads, that keep you in the will of God, or you won’t make it. Many, in fact, who try to follow their dreams this way, have fallen into traps that they can’t get out of, not necessarily because they set out to make wrong choices, but because it is impossible to fulfill God’s purpose without God’s power. This is why Jesus instructed His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they receive power—the Holy Spirit—power that equips you to be discerning so that you will know how/when to move or stay or pause. This is why a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but destruction doesn’t come near you who walks in God’s will and at God’s pace.
The confusion on what to do, how to move, and how to begin has caused so much fear in people that they are unable to pursue God’s purpose for their life, being afraid that it could take from them “respectable” responsibilities that provide [false] security. In the end, this tactic lays waste to many people’s Noonday, and they forfeit God’s call on their life. This is most evident during the time of preparation—the phase where faith, with no reference point but God’s Word, is all you have to hang on and obey God’s voice.
If you trust God however, He will show you the hidden path of life that you cannot see with human wisdom. He will teach you how to navigate the systems of the world in such a way that you will fulfill purpose without falling into blame from foolishness. He will pace your steps in such a way that you will fulfill responsibility at just the right time without taking from your time with Him, your family, your training in preparation, and everything else that the Holy Spirit has designated a priority at this point in your life. He will not leave your soul in Sheol (turmoil, torment and confusion), but rather, you will rest in hope, because He will show you the path to life if you set the Lord before you and place Him at your right hand (Psalm 16:8-11).
But this takes trust.
Trust the instruction of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to show you where to plant your feet at each moment, and to pace your steps as you move in the right direction; sometimes He will instruct you to slow down. Other times, to hasten your steps. And other times still, to stop and rest. Trust the pace He has set for you. It will keep the Enemy from laying waste to your Noonday (Psalm 91:5-6).
This does not give you the excuse to neglect responsibility or be disrespectful to authority. This is a call to be obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He instructs you to move, trusting that all He tells you to do will lead ultimately to righteousness and goodness for all as you obey. If the Spirit remains silent, default to doing what is right in front of you or doing the next right thing moment by moment, until He interrupts your routine or plans with something new.
“I must work the works of HIM Who sent ME while it is Day; the Night will come when no one can work.”—John 9:4
“I will bless the Lord Who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night season. I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your Right Hand are pleasures forever more.”—Psalm 16:7-11 (emphasis are mine)
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my Refuge and my Fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth [instruction] shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in the darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and serpent you shall trample underfoot.
‘Because he has set his love upon ME, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known MY Name. He shall call upon ME, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my Salvation.’”—Psalm 91 (emphasis and parenthesis are mine)
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/SuspenseCategory. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, presently in production. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.
*The article, He Will Direct Your Path and Pace Your Steps, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).