We have all heard the idiom- you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. It has nothing to do with horses, it has everything to do with us. We can know what the right thing to do is and still not do it. We can have knowledge but still not apply it.
Let's put this on a spiritual level. We can know what we should and shouldn't do, but still choose to do the wrong thing. We can hear instruction from the Lord and still do what we have a mind to do. We can hear that still small voice but still decide not to follow it. We can know the will of God but still pursue our own will.
Often we pray for the Lord to tell us what to do, give us direction, help us to get out of a spiritual rut, help us to draw closer to Him, help us to deny ourselves and lead us into His will. We find ourselves at times like Peter when he was walking on the water-- sinking! We like him cry out for help. The difference between him and us is that he accepted and acted upon the answer the Lord gave him for help. "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him." Jesus grabbed Peter and Peter grabbed a hold of Jesus.
The Lord has been sending your answer-- many times, time after time-- but you are not acting upon it. He has told you what to do confirming it over and over again. Every time you pray you hear the same answer. You continue to hear the same thing from several different sources. It is not that the Lord is not "helping" you. It is not that He is not answering you. The problem lies in you. You are not doing what He says to do. You are "being led to water" but you are refusing to "drink".
Continue to cry out to God and ask for help. Ask Him what you need to do. But He isn't going to tell you anything else because He is already telling you. You just have to do what He has already said. You have to "bow your head"- humble yourself- and "drink".
Have a great day. The Lord has been giving you your answer, but you have to do what He says.
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