When the Whistle Blows
Have you ever felt ‘checked’ in your spirit when you were about to do something? Chances are, God is trying to get your attention. His promise is, ‘...I will make you wise… show you where to go…and watch over you.’ (Psalm 32:8 NCV) A Christian couple was buying their first home. When it came time to sign the papers the wife said, ‘I couldn’t shake the feeling of uneasiness. My husband had the same sick feeling in his stomach, so we decided not to go forward… A few months later my husband died in an accident. I wouldn’t have been able to make the payments and support a new baby and myself… Our lack of peace was the Holy Spirit calling “time out”…’
We don’t know the future, God does, and He directs our steps by the way of peace, or lack of it. The Holy Spirit acts like a referee. When the players stay within the boundaries, they’re free to move about. But when there’s trouble, or the ball goes out of bounds, the referee blows the whistle, stops play and restores order. The absence of peace can mean ‘the heavenly referee’ has blown the whistle. Sometimes the ball gets kicked out of bounds by unexpected adversity; at other times we step out of bounds by giving way to temptation and sin. If we’re smart, when we hear the whistle we’ll wait for God to restore our peace.
The Bible says, ‘...You will…be led…with peace...’ Does that mean you’ll always feel certain about your decision? No, but the right decision will be accompanied by a sense of God’s peace.