Interrupted by Simplicity: Listening to God
Something we hear often is, “How do you know what God wants you to do?” How do you discern the voice of God? Good question. Obviously, God isn’t trying to make it difficult on us, yet many times it feels as though the phone lines are down or we just aren’t “getting it.”
The lesson for our ministry lately has been one of waiting, seeking the Scriptures, praying, and relying on the abundance or absence of the abiding peace of God. Which direction? Where’s the money coming from? What do we do with so and so? The more we move forward, the more questions there are to answer…the more we need to know the voice of the Almighty.
In today’s My Utmost for His Highest entry, Oswald Chambers nails down our attitude in seeking the Lord, “Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but an a attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.” So, it’s simple. We trust that God is sovereign, in control. Then, we seek Him regularly, constant in prayer…sometimes quietly, sometimes running or driving or shopping. We then look for confirmation in the Word He wrote. And, not to be overlooked by any means, we become aware of His peace in the situation or decision…or lack of it. If peace IS NOT THERE, stop and ask God why.
The peace of God should always accompany His will. Like a heavenly compass, we can steer by it.
We then come, through practice and obedience, acutely aware that we have begun to understand how He speaks to us, very personally. I know that if I am exhausted, spread thin, trying too hard to find the answer, and His peace goes out the window…He may be closing a door I thought was open. Being all-the-more sensitive to that all-surpassing peace the Prince brings, it is actually a lot “easier” or at least “simpler” to be guided through decision after decision in a given day. It also helps to be filled with the Spirit and know the Bible. Remember, the Spirit will never take you in a direction that defies the Word He inspired.
So yeah, simple. God is speaking. We trust that He is in control. We pray, read…then act if the peace of Yahweh resides. Practice makes perfect. Failure is not condemnable by death.
What are you waiting for? Ask…seek…knock…and a door will open for you.