Some of the hardest pills to swallow is a “no” from God.
But, we keep pressing in because it is something we want so badly. Sometimes we see the signs. And, other times we are blinded by what we desire. More often, though, we just don’t understand that He is putting up roadblocks.
When we fail to listen, he throws up roadblocks first
Have you ever had that happen? I can’t even count the number of times I have experienced this. It’s when things just seem not to go right no matter what you do. You have already bound the enemy from affecting the situation. But you still find that you cannot move forward. Sometimes, this is God attempting to detour you back onto the path He intended.
What does a roadblock look like?
A recent roadblock I experienced is a freelance writing opportunity. I write blogs, website copy, and social media posts (plus manage them) for small businesses and individuals. I desire to make it a full-time gig.
I had communicated on my Facebook that I needed God to move in a big way in this direction. Sometime after, I received a message from a trusted source that a company was looking for freelancers. Wow! God heard, and he opened a door.
Or, so I thought.
I prayed on it before reaching out to the company. Admittedly, I did not hear an emphatic yes, but I also did not receive a “no.” Great! Onward!
Well, not exactly. From the moment I began corresponding, my spirit was hesitant. By the time we got to the details and an audition assignment, the Holy Spirit attempted to intervene and halt me. I had a feeling that this was not the right job for me, for whatever reason.
Guess what happened. I blew right through and accepted. I bet you can imagine what happens next.
Nothing. Absolutely…NOTHING. I could not write a single word. I am used to time crunches and random topics, so this is an anomaly. Two days go by and still nothing.
God was throwing up roadblocks.
When we plow through roadblocks, He pulls out the “frying pan.”
Yes. You read right; I said the “frying pan.” Some of the most difficult predicaments I have experienced have been from not noticing the roadblocks. Sometimes, it is because I refuse to hear the truth because I want something so badly. Other times, I am so wrapped up in something that I stop hearing His direction. God has to get me back on track somehow. So, He has to “hit me over the head with a frying pan” to get me to listen.
It hurts! It stings the pride.
When God bonks you on the head, you know you are in from some discomfort. It’s almost like when a parent tells a child over and over again not to touch something. Then, when they do it for the umpteenth time, the mother or father slaps their hand. It’s not to cause pain, but to enforce the “No.”
When God does it, He steps aside to let you have your will and ALL that accompanies it. In this situation, that means I barely slept because of the stress. My anxiety went through the roof. I became irritable and lost my confidence. And, I began to say to myself, “I’m not smart enough for this,” and “you aren’t good enough.”
Those aren’t God’s words or feelings, I can assure you. The enemy is speaking. In fact, he was probably talking the whole time which is why I moved forward. He is just louder than God; We forget to listen and confirm God’s voice before stepping out. The enemy wants to wreak havoc; God wants peace for us. Maybe, this situation was going to steal my, or my family’s peace. Maybe it just wasn’t part of His plan right now. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is I had stepped off the path.
The enemy knows the desires of our heart as much as God does.
He uses it against us. He goads us into moving full steam ahead into situations that end up harmful, unhealthy, or just not the direction God has planned. Satan mimics God’s voice and signs so that we think we are hearing from the Lord, when in fact, the enemy is setting up a snare. He’s very clever that Devil.
How do you know when it’s God for sure?
Ask Him. If you don’t hear anything, ask again.
“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalm 25:4-5).
If you STILL don’t hear anything, then don’t move until He does. Simple. Not hearing from Him may be the roadblock.
You may be wondering which part of my story is the “frying pan” moment. In truth, I am lucky on this one. This time it is a lighter smack. I have had other moments that it ultimately rings my bell and knocks me for a loop.
But, this particular situation, my “frying pan” is having to draft an email. I will have to explain that I am not going to complete the audition and that it is not the right fit for me. I am going to look stupid and dishonest because I said I could do it. I won’t be able to explain the “why.” I will only be able to say I can’t.
And not because I am incapable, but because God has blocked the path. He has said “no” for whatever reason. And I choose to listen to Him over my pride and desires.
Have you ever been walloped with a frying pan from God?