Have you ever experienced a lack of peace that kept you from moving forward? I have. My husband and I were about to purchase our first home. After viewing several houses, we finally found a perfect fit. Or so we thought.
When closing day came, I couldn’t bring myself to sign the papers. Although it was natural for us to be both excited and nervous about becoming new home owners, I couldn’t shake the feeling of uneasiness. I asked to speak to my husband alone for a moment and discovered that he had the same sick feeling in his stomach as I had in mine. We decided not to move forward.
This was a wise decision. A few short months later, my husband died from a tragic accident. Had we bought the home, I wouldn’t have been able to pay a house note plus support a new baby and myself on one income. That’s when it dawned on me. Our lack of peace on closing day was the Holy Spirit guiding us toward the right decision.
You and I may not know our future, but God does. Through the Holy Spirit, God directs our steps by the way of peace or lack of it.
Our heavenly helper works in our lives much like a referee does in a basketball game.
As long as the players stay within the boundaries of the court, they are free to move about. But when there is trouble on the court or the ball goes out of bounds, the referee blows his whistle. The sound of the whistle stops the game until the referee restores order and puts the ball back into play.
Likewise, we have a heavenly Referee—the Holy Spirit. When there is a lack of peace in our lives, that’s our signal He has blown the whistle and called for a time out to redirect our path.
Sometimes our ball has gets kicked out of bounds by unexpected adversity in our lives. Other times, we step out bounds on our own by giving way to temptation and sin. In each of these circumstances, the Holy Spirit will blow the whistle to gain our attention. If you and I are smart, we’ll wait on our heavenly Referee to restore our peace and put the ball back into play.
For peace to return, we need to wait and listen to the instructions of our Referee. You and I seek those instructions through prayer and meditation of God’s Word. It may also involve repentance before we can move forward. Either way I assure you that stepping out of bounds doesn’t mean God will call “game over.” As we respond and obey the Holy Spirit, He simply puts the ball back into place. Those who have learned to play under the guidance of their heavenly Referee will never stray long outside of the boundaries God has set for their life.
I’m thankful that my husband and I heeded the warning of the Holy Spirit and didn’t purchase the house. In doing so, we were spared undue stress and pain. What about you? Is the heavenly Referee trying to get your attention by a lack of peace? Or is He giving you a green light through a calm sense of rightness? The right path is always marked with peace.