November 14 Discovering Divine Designs
“I being in the way, the Lord
led me. . .” Genesis 24:27
We have to be so one with God that we do
not continually need to ask for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made
the children of God, and the natural life of a child is obedience – until he
wishes to be disobedient, then instantly there is the intuitive jar. In the
spiritual domain the intuitive jar is the monition of the Spirit of God. When
He gives the check, we have to stop at once and be renewed in the spirit of our
mind in order to make out what God's will is. If we are born again of the
Spirit of God, it is the abortion of piety to ask God to guide us here and
there. “The Lord led me,” and on looking back we see the presence of an amazing
design, which, if we are born of God, we will credit to God.
We can all see God in exceptional things,
but it requires the culture of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail.
Never allow that the haphazard is anything less than God's appointed order, and
be ready to discover the Divine designs any where.
Beware of making a fetish of consistency
to your convictions instead of being devoted to God. I shall never do that – in
all probability you will have to, if you are a saint. There never was a more
inconsistent Being on this earth than Our Lord, but He was never inconsistent
to His Father. The one consistency of the saint is not to a principle, but to
the Divine life. It is the Divine life which continually makes more and more
discoveries about the Divine mind. It is easier to be a fanatic than a faithful
soul, because there is something amazingly humbling, particularly to our
religious conceit, in being loyal to God.