Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Finding God's Will

I have posted about finding God's will before, but it has been on my mind again.

I find myself thinking about God's path for my life. How do I really know what God's will is for me? I struggle with that sometimes. How do I tell the difference between obstacles that God wants me to work hard at getting over and obstacles that are put there to steer me a different direction because that path is not God's will?

Moses never entered the promised land. He wanted to. He worked for years serving God to get God's people there, but because of his sin, he never entered. He saw it, but never entered. David planned the Temple, but  never saw its completion. But God used both of them in mighty ways to do His will. His will.

So what do you do when you are really working for something you "think" is God's will, but you are met with apathy and obstacles? Sometimes those are just things God uses to show us His power and to show us how much we need Him. But they can also be roadblocks when that path is not God's will.

The first thing I know to do is take it to God in prayer.
Luke 11: 9-10, "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."

Then I know I have to read His Word with an open heart and mind. Psalm 119: 105, "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."

 Sometimes He says no.
2 Corinthians 2: 12: "When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me. 13. But I had no peace of mind because my dear brother Titus hadn’t yet arrived with a report from you. So I said good-bye and went on to Macedonia to find him."

Sometimes He says yes, and sometimes He says wait, but the Holy Spirit will always guide us.

John 16:13: "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future."

The only way to know what He is saying to me, is to spend a lot more time praying about it.

Colossians 3:16-17: "Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father."

Then just be still and listen.

Isaiah 30:21
'Your own ears will hear him.

Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.'

I think we tend to get in a rut of doing things because we have always done them. Maybe the obstacles in our way are God's way of saying, go a different direction.

Sometimes we push too hard. Sometimes we give up too easily.  Be open, willing, and let Him work. It all comes down to bathing everything in prayer and waiting expectantly for HIS answer. Remember, it's not what we want. It's what HE wants:-)

Love you all in Him,


1 comment:

  1. hi anita,

    this is such a great word on listening to His voice.
    i often tell my grown up kids, when they complain
    that they can't hear His voice, "well, just go back
    to the last thing He told you . . . and DO it."

    we can't expect Him to continue telling us what
    to do if we don't obey HIm. :)

    i have a fun listening story. monday morning i
    awoke from a dream in which i was holding a
    handicapped child. the phone rang and i was
    invited to be on a board for a handicapped

    no brainer.