Guest post from Josh Reich. Josh loves to help people take their next steps and become the people God has called and created them to be. He is the Lead Pastor at Community Covenant Church in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
When people talk about figuring out God’s will or hearing the voice of God, we tend to get very mysterious and talk about it in ways that, when we step back, seem odd.
Have you ever noticed that you can often see God’s will for someone else before they can? Others can usually see it for you as well.
What if you are trying to figure out things in your life and hear the voice of God for you? God speaks to us in a variety of ways. He speaks through his word, open and closed doors, friends, family, community, our desires and fears, and nature, to name a few.
As you face your next decision, whether big or small, here are some ways to begin hearing God speak, move in your life, and stop resisting His voice. That last one is a big one.
1. Listen to the Bible and close friends you trust who are spiritually mature.
God’s will for your life is not a mystery; in fact, it’s all over the pages of the Bible. He tells us how to be married, be friends, and parents, have integrity, honor leaders and government and bosses, pray, fast, worship, and be a good steward of our treasure, time, and talents.
I believe that if we do these consistently and wholeheartedly, we will rarely wonder what God’s will for our lives is.
Because when we listen to his word and wise counsel, we will be doing what he called us to do, what he designed us to do.
On top of that, ask trusted friends and mentors who you consider to be spiritually mature.
What do they do? How do they live? What do they say about the questions you ask or your struggles?
Listen to them.
Does what they have to say line up with Scripture?
If so, that’s a clue you are heading in the right direction.
During this time, you also need to make sure you are taking time to pause, sit and wait and listen. Don’t rush. One of the ways we get into trouble is when we rush ahead and get started too quickly.
2. Live out what the Bible and those friends tell you.
Here comes the part where many of us get off the ride: Live it out.
It is one thing to say you are going to get up and read your Bible or exercise, and another thing to do it.
It’s one thing to say you are going to be more patient with your kids and another thing to show them patience and grace.
Life is filled with regrets, missed opportunities, and a laundry list of shoulds and coulds.
3. When you feel like God is speaking…act.
This leads to the last part.
Don’t stand on the sideline.
Have you ever noticed that God is moving in the lives of people who act? I don’t know if he speaks more to them, but they seem to listen more and work more.
Now it is time to move on to what God has said and not look back.
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