Has someone ever come to you with a serious problem? Likely, they asked for your advice. Maybe you took time to pray about it. You probably became emotionally invested in the outcome. You felt like you had some wisdom for their situation—especially if it was a familiar a road you’d walked before them. You spoke into their life—maybe even offered to help them—and then you found out they didn’t take a single drop of the advice or guidance you offered. I’ve been there on both sides of the coin. I’ve received good, even godly advice and didn’t take it. I also offered guidance and direction to someone who went their own way. It can be frustrating.
So, now imagine the Creator of the universe—the one who put you on the earth with purpose in the first place—offering you guidance and direction, but you refuse it. It happens every day. I’ve done it repeatedly. There are all kinds of reasons—from stubbornness and natural desire to do things on our own to being too busy to take the time to hear His voice, or carefully follow His instruction.
As we continue our search for ways to step into God’s rest, we must—
4. Eagerly and without reservations agree with the guidance he gives us.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. King Saul disobeyed God’s guidance when he faced the Amalekites in battle. God told him to destroy everything. Instead, Paul allowed the Amalekite king to live and kept the spoils from battle. Samuel confronted King Saul asking, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?”
God guides us in many ways.
His guidance is available to you ever time you open the Bible. It is His Word to us individually. Soren Kierkegaard said, “When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.’” Yet, how many times have you known the Bible clearly said not to do something and you did it anyway? Again, I am guilty. We can easily convince ourselves we know better than God does, or our desire for something allows us to justify our decisions or actions.
When we refuse to agree with God’s guidance, we disobey Him resulting in sin, rebellion, disrespect of God and His Word or idolatry (thinking we know better, or looking to other’s for approval rather than God).
When the Lord started guiding me to step into His rest months ago, I resisted. I had a negative mindset about rest. My resistance caused me to experience some dryness in my soul. My relationship with God suffered because of my disobedience. I learned long ago that when that happens I need to go back to the last thing God communicated to me—and so I did. I asked God to forgive me and to teach me about His rest.
As I’ve continued to allow the Lord to teach me, I’ve discovered once again his ways are higher than mine. A seemingly simple word, rest, is indeed full of God’s power and adds so many dimensions to our lives as believers.
 1 Samuel 15:22
 Samuel 15:22 NIV