Speak up God, I can’t hear you!

30 Jul

I have a five year old nephew, he’s great. He has a great love of life, constantly wants to play, I honestly don’t know where he gets his energy from.

The only problem is, is that he’s at the age of asking questions. Obviously this is great, because you know his brain is soaking everything in. It does however, test my patience threshold. Why? Why? Why? But why? Of course my  “because it just does!”, holds no weight with my nephew. He is always after answers.

But I am exactly the same with my Father God, I need answers and I need them that exact minute. Not only that, but it seems that when I’m looking for direction from God, I need something that’s on the scale of Moses’ burning bush or God speaking to Job through the storm. Christians sometimes find it difficult to determine God’s will for their lives in certain situations, Gideon had his fleece, come on God, give me something!

But he seldom does it this way. To truly find God’s will for our life we often must step out in faith. This can be scary, but we need to realize God is there beside us and he will not allow us to stray as long as we trust in him.

Proverbs 3:6 promises us,

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Psalm 37:23

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord….”

And Isaiah 30:21

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

God’s word plainly is saying that God will help us find his direction, but how does he do it?

Here are some pointers:

Your personal time with God
It is hoped that we are in constant communication with Father God. Reading his word and praying daily. This will leave us open and receptive to leading from God. The mistake some make is to just randomly open up scripture and hope the Lord guides your finger to the right passage, which will give you the answer to what your looking for. It is more likely God will speak to you in the quietness of your alone time with him.

Listening to a sermon
Sometimes you get the feeling that the message just given by your pastor was ‘just for you’. It could be that the Lord is speaking through that – lets face it, if God isn’t at the centre of a bible talk, what’s the point??!!!

Doors opening, doors closing
Many times God will cause doors to open, or others to close. If we are walking in obedience to him, we have to assume that events in our life are ordered by God. They don’t just happen by chance. Maybe the reason why a door has opened up to us is that God wants us to go through it!

Pushing doors
Perhaps one of the worse things to do, is just sit by idly, waiting. There are perhaps occasions where this is necessary, but as general practice it is better to test the water and see what happens. If no doors are glaringly open, perhaps its time to push some and see if they will open. If they remain shut, then at least you know that wasn’t for you.

Still nothing?
If your still at a loss for what to do. Perhaps its time to get a bit more practical. For instance if you are thinking about a job in a certain area, is there a good evangelical church for you to be a part of? Is it important to be near family? You may well have a checklist of things which, if they are ultimately to honour God may well give you an answer.

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