Following God vs Stumbling After God (1)

Matthew 16:24, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and FOLLOW Me.”

The above scripture has the command from Jesus that all believers strive to accomplish. Our goal is to follow Christ every day. The truth of the matter is that sometimes it seems like we are stumbling after Him. What do I mean by stumbling after God? To understand that, we must first understand what following Him is. Picture a snowy day and your friend or someone has runoff and you are trying to trace their steps. The first thing you do is look for their footsteps in the snow, then you step in those steps because you know they are safe to walk in. That is what Jesus is referring to when He says follow me. Walk in my footprints because there is victory in them. When we are stumbling after God, we are walking in the direction He is headed but we miss His footprints, and we walk in water puddles underneath the snow that we didn’t see. We are walking in His direction, but the walk is hard and painful. His yoke isn’t easy as He tells us in Matthew 11:30.

How then do we transition from stumbling after God to following God? The key is found in the following verse.

Psalm 32:8-9, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.”

To transition from that, we must let Holy Spirit guide us. We must learn to hear from Him. In the above verse He is telling us to be God inside driven. The horse and the mule are led by outside pain from the stick or the bridle. These animals depend on outward direction. God is telling us don’t depend on outward direction, but on His direction and He is within us. Holy Spirit knows exactly where Jesus’ footprints are on the ground and He will directly lead us in those steps.

Cultivating this relationship with Holy Spirit is one of the most important things we as believers must do. In John 16:13, Jesus tells us that Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. This truth involves being a disciple of Christ.