Are you there God? It’s me ______________.

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I’m reposting a blog entry that a friend sent me from devotion@lutheranchurchcharities.org

It’s really appropriate for this time in my life and maybe in yours as well.  How do you know that a decision you are facing is following God’s will?  We all want the answers to life’s tough calls attached to a note hanging from a string that comes down from Heaven.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that way.  God forces us to seek His will (if that’s what we want) by being in communion with Him.  As confusion swirls around me about choices I have in my life I examined and read over and over again the devotion below.  I hope it’s helpful to you too. 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalms 32:8

Solomon says, ‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21). Even though your plans are imperfect, if your heart’s right, God will make things turn out for your good and His glory. Are you having difficulty sorting out your ideas from His? We all struggle with that, especially when the Bible does not give us specifics. For example, when it is time to move or marry or change jobs, what should you do? Listen: ‘”I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go…”‘ You say, ‘That’s nice, but I would like a little more detail.’ Okay:

First, ideas go away but God’s direction stays. There is persistence in His leading, that is why time is on your side. Do not rush ahead of Him. Second, God’s direction is usually impossible to follow without Him. He plans it that way. Jesus said, ‘”…without Me you can do nothing”‘ (John 15:5). Third, God’s direction usually begins with discomfort. Listen: ‘like an eagle stirs up its nest . . . The Lord . . . led him…’ (Deuteronomy 32:11-12). Eagles learn to fly when their mother pushes them out of the nest and over the cliff’s edge. Can you imagine their thoughts? ‘It’s my mother doing this to me!’ Yet it is only when the eagle is forced out of its comfort zone that it discovers it was born to fly, spreads its wings, releases its power and finds its place in the heavens. Has God been stirring up your nest? Relax! He’s leading you!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, today help me look and listen to see only those things that are consistent with Your Word, Your nature, Your character – and then to follow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

 
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  1. Great stuff. The more intense a decision or a question about leading makes me struggle a bit more with my faith. If I think God is leading me to make a bold move, then will he be there to see me through? If it’s a simple thing, of course I believe and move quickly. The peace in your post is that, I don’t have to rush. I just need to submit.

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