As I have recently mentioned, I have been in a (hopefully short) season of dealing with some health issues. As a result, I have been having to drastically alter my normal exercise routine. This is a huge deal for me because for many years now, I have consistently run every week. A few days ago, between procedures, I felt my body was ready to get a little exercise so I went out to my trusty treadmill and began a slow run. I wasn’t able to run far when pain started happening, so I started to walk instead. I increased the incline on the machine and slowed the tempo and felt Holy Spirit say to just walk for one mile. As I continued, I began to feel better and better and when the mile was over I thought, “I think I can do one more.” Immediately, Holy Spirit spoke a warning to me, “Just do the one.” It was almost audible. I quickly turned off the machine and headed in from the garage.
What I am learning through this process is, it’s not just about how I feel, it’s about what Holy Spirit guides me to do. Based on feelings, I would be trying to run everyday still. But Wisdom says, “Take a break and let Me guide you back into exercise.”
Wisdom says, “Trust Me with your body and I will make you well.” Fear says, “Better get out and exercise or you’ll lose all the progress you’ve made.”
See the difference?
One is based on peace and the other is based on threat.
It is often much easier to discern between the two voices than we think. Look for peace. Look for a calm and gentle response and there you will find Wisdom. Even when Wisdom’s voice is firm, it’s still wrapped in steadiness and peace. Look for those markers. Trust peace. Search out Wisdom. And take it just one mile at a time.
My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair- every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:1-11