As a pastor, especially one who works a lot with students, I often get asked the question, “How do I find God’s will for my life?“. Wow, great question, I will let you know when I finally figure it out myself… ha ha. Okay, so that response isn’t the best, but it’s usually how I feel when that question is being asked because I am also continuing to seek God and hear His voice.
Now there are some specific things we are suppose to be doing on an ongoing basis that helps us HEAR what God is saying. Those include reading the Bible (Psalm 119:105) and spending some quality time in prayer (Colossians 1:10). We also gain WISDOM and INSIGHT from Godly counseling (Proverbs 15:22) and going to church (Ephesians 4:11-12). BUT… even through all that, we often STRUGGLE knowing exactly what God wants us to do.
So, let me give you some advice. It’s DEFINITELY not for the lack of God speaking to us. He is ALWAYS calling out to us! The PROBLEM is that we have trouble HEARING Him. This is largely due to the fact that we are so easily DISTRA… hey look a red bicycle… CTED. We have SO MUCH “other” stuff “speaking” to us, that we have a Hard time hearing God’s voice amongst the “noise”.
So what do we do? Good question, first, get rid of / cut back the unnecessary distractions in your life (you know what they are, the things that eat up your time and equal to no value at all: ie. facebook, video games, tv, etc…) After you do what you need to do when it comes to distractions, then you need to LISTEN UP, the signs are already there! (1 Kings 19:11-13)
If you have a PASSION about something and that something brings glory to God, then there is a good chance that is what God wants you to do. When I say “passion”, I mean you are always thinking about that thing, talking about it, and even dreaming about it… Sounds like God is SPEAKING, so LISTEN, and then DO!
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22 NIV