Many times when we hear the phrase, “just go with the flow,” it has a negative connotation in our minds. Why does something within many of us rise up when we hear that? I would submit it is because we are a rebellious culture. If we’re told we can’t do something, we immediately want to do it, whether we had previously intended on doing it or not.
It’s because for many of us, we’re brought up in a culture that encourages us to push back. We’re not taught to respect authority anymore, instead we’re taught to question it at every turn and demand those over us treat us as equals, even though we’re obviously not. I don’t know how teachers do it anymore; to be stuck in a classroom with entitled children who feel the teacher is beneath them and it’s not important to listen or even respect the teacher. That these behaviors are reinforced by the parents makes the situation even worse.
This makes the idea of being submissive and obedient to the Holy Spirit that much more difficult to adhere to. It’s hard to separate spiritual authority from worldly authority for many of us. This is the only way to live, however. We cannot expect God to do miraculous things through us while we maintain our arrogant attitude thinking we are a special gift to God with our talents and skills.
Like a surfer knows, fighting the wave will only get you crushed and frustrated. Learning that the wave is mightier than you and your only hope to succeeding is learning to move with the wave is what leads to true success. Likewise, as believers we must learn to “go with the flow,” to move with the wave of the Holy Spirit, not constantly fight with Him and then wonder why our lives seem so stressful and out of balance.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” Romans 8:14