Our journey through this life is like being on a highway, and taking our cue from the different color traffi c lights. We are always at one of three lights. We are either at a stop (red), getting ready to stop (yellow), or in motion (green). The color changes determine how
long we are supposed to stay at each light. In order to ensure our safety and the safety of other travelers, we cannot ignore any of
the indicators for change.
If we stand still at a green light, travelling time is prolonged, we arrive late at our destination, and we delay other travelers, and can potentially be the cause of an accident. If we choose to stay in motion when the light is red, we run the risk of accidents, getting hurt and or hurting other travelers, be it pedestrians or
other drivers. If we try to avoid the red light by rushing through the yellow light, we risk going through the red light, and possibly causing an accident. We need to respond to each color traffic light appropriately and in a timely manner. In order to do that, we need to be alert and watchful so we don’t miss any of the prompts.
When God gives the signal to move (green), we need to move prayerfully and in faith trusting that He knows where He is leading, even when we are not sure. Moses didn’t know the solution to, “Tell the Israelites to move on.” Ex 14:15b, when he and the Israelites were sandwiched between the Red sea in front and the Egyptian soldiers behind. Have you taken matching orders not knowing where you are headed? If your orders came from the Father, you don’t have to worry; He has it all under control. Let us be on our guard so that we don’t miss any orders for change when He issues them.
Please let’s not speed up when God says, “Slow down” (yellow light). Speeding up to escape or shorten pain and suffering won’t accomplish God’s purposes for us. God through Joshua,
commanded the Israelites to match around Jericho once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day (Jos 6:3-5). They
could have decided to speed up things by walking two or more times per day or marched thirteen times the first day to get the job completed sooner than later, but they didn’t. God had a good reason for this seemingly strange military strategy; the Israelites didn’t have to know the reason why, all they needed to do was obey. Had they not followed His orders to the later, the outcome could have been very different, most likely not in their favor.
Then, there comes the most dreaded time when God says, “Wait!” Waiting is not easy, especially when we don’t know what’s supposed to happen next; we can get restless, tired, inpatient, and whinny. But charging ahead of God always messes things up. Let us wait! During that waiting period, we need to exercise patience, faith, and be prayerful, and expectant. Sometime after Jesus’ resurrection, before His ascension, He gave the apostles this command, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” (Acts 1:4) That gift was the Holy Spirit! When He came, He filled them with power to be His witnesses. They were no longer afraid of the authorities; they preached with boldness in His name and healed the sick in His name. Had they not waited expectantly, patiently, and prayerfully, the outcome might have been different.
The toughest part of knowing which light we’ve come to is the ability to hear God’s voice distinctly. We definitely cannot heed God’s direction, if we cannot hear Him, and we don’t hear Him because we don’t wait on Him enough to hear Him speak to us. We are always on a move, in a rush, and our minds wonder, and our enemy, the devil likes it that way. In Revelation 1:10, John who had been banished to the Island of Patmos because of his faith says,
“On the Lord’s Day, I was in the Spirit, and I heard . . .” In order to hear the Lord’s voice we need to be prayerful.