PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Last night, we went to see our church Christmas performance by the choir and orchestra. They did an amazing job. We have so much musical talent in our church.
While I love to listen to our choir sing and the musicians play, I always enjoy watching our Minister of Music direct. It’s kind of fascinating to me. Though I can’t read music and have zero musical talent, it’s really interesting to watch how the choir responds to his direction.
I am used to seeing it on a small scale when I watch my husband and his three bandmates silently communicate with their eyes on stage during a performance. But to see it done by 100 people is impressive.
Without a word, a music director guides a group of people in order to create a single experience. The director coordinates with fluidity something that is beautiful and powerful. And the director isn’t alone in this. The choir and orchestra likewise follow his lead, collectively following the direction. There’s nothing passive about the experience.
Similarly, we may not always hear the voice of God, but He is directing us. Guiding us. Aligning us to collectively be a part of His great plan. And we have an active role to play too. We aren’t passive in this process. In the previous devotion, I wrote about getting in the way, but now I’m talking about taking an active role.
That might mean becoming a prayer warrior. Or leading a Bible study. Or volunteering. Or giving. Whatever it is, our active role is always rooted in obedience.
2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (ESV). And two verses later, Paul wrote, “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him” (2 Corinthians 5:9 ESV).
So just as a director guides the choir and expects them to follow, so does Jesus guide us and it’s our goal to please Him.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His direction and leading. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a spirit of obedience. Ask Him to help you be active in His direction and willing to go where He leads.