September 28, 2007
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. Isaiah 30:21.
Have you ever heard God’s voice? My spirit has "heard" the Lord speak to me, but I have not heard God speak in an audible voice. My heavenly Father’s voice is very clear, though, when my spirit "hears" it.
Throughout life’s twists and turns, we are forced to deal with unexpected events. Advice often comes from many different sources, and choosing our next step is difficult. When we face difficult choices, we can have the assurance that God will guide us safely to the next point in our journeys.
This assurance does not come easily. It arrives through prayer. Sometimes God sends us confirmation through scriptures or through the words of another person. Then we know in our heart of hearts which way to go.
Knowing is just the beginning. As we begin to move forward in God’s will, we may encounter opposition from people with really good intentions. They think their choices for us will produce better results. Other times we may begin to doubt the revelation God has given us. Yet deep down, we know which step to take. God will not abandon us to confront confusion on our own. With His help, we can conquer the doubt that lurks on the left of our minds and to quiet the disapproving messages that loudly echo from the right.
Sometimes God directs us to something that seems terribly difficult, a choice that seems risky or unclear. Unlike a GPS system, which is sometimes wrong or outdated, God knows the best route. Even when we do not know where we are going, He does.
If you have a big decision to make, God will speak to you. Asking may be the easy part, but waiting for His answer is sometimes quite difficult. When we pray for answers, we can ask God to give us the ability to wait for His direction. He will tell us how to proceed. He will help us while we wait.
Have you read With Great Mercy?