Monday, October 14, 2013
How to know what God wants you to do in a given situation
I've often told God to please send me an email, voice mail, even a tweet, and tell me what to do!! Please! I will be obedient if I only knew. But I've discovered an important secret over the years. God isn't as interested in telling us what to do as He is in US. He wants US. He wants us to get to know Him, to learn to know His unique voice, His unique presence. And the only way to do that is to spend time with Him. I know I've said this before but there's no way around it. If you truly need direction. If you truly need an answer to your question, then you need to stop everything and get alone with God. You can't just rattle off a prayer here and there, read a devotional and be on your way.
Yes, I know you're busy. I am too! I'm a housewife, wife, mother, (soon to be grandmother, yay!) and I work full time as a writer. I spend over 8 hours a day on my writing business. Time is the one thing I'm very short of! Well, maybe that and patience.
1. Anyway, first step, if you want God to lead you, spend time alone with Him and learn to listen for His voice. This is cultivated over time.
2. Next step is to lay out all your options. Spend time talking to God about each one and listening. He will lean you toward one of them. I can't quite describe it but when it happens, you'll know. It's sort of an excitement, a peace, a knowing. It may even be the path that makes you the most nervous..it may even be the hardest path, but you will still feel that it is the one God wants you to take
3. Next, start down that path and ask God to show you if you're, indeed, on the right path. He will! I guarantee it. I recently had a huge decision to make about my writing career. I had several options before me, but every time I took them to God in prayer, only one of those options made my heart leap. So I started down that road. I was nervous, unsure. Everything was and is still new to me. But God showed up Huge! Doors were opened, people came alongside to help, my questions were answered, I got conformation from both people and events. Now, I know this is where God wants me. (more on that later)
Too many people stall at Step 3. They pray for direction but then are too afraid to step out in faith. Step out of the boat! The Lord will not let you sink! If you're on the wrong path, He will gentle turn you around and get you on the right one.