How often when we feel anxious and overwhelmed, we cry out to God to speak to us. Many of us only seek Him occasionally when we are going though a crisis or needing to make a tough decision. Then we desperately want to hear from God but we aren't sure if we are hearing his voice or our own.
How do the sheep know their shepherd's voice? The shepherd has an intimate relationship with his sheep.
We need to focus more on developing a relationship that will empower us to hear from God. The more we know Him the more we will hear with deeper understanding. The more we walk with God and commune with Him the more we will know His ways, his plans and will for our life.
Through our relationship with God as we walk with Him daily, he will speak to us moment by moment. Then we can grow spiritually and become more like Him.
As we become more spiritually mature in a close relationship with God the more we can hear correctly what God has to say to us.
It's quite simple, in any relationship the more rennverse, listen, and understand the closer we become. Relationship is the key to hearing from God.
God is not a "quick fix" that we cry out to when we are in distress. He is a loving Father that longs to have a relationship and communicate with His children.
God's voice is authoritative and expresses a spirit of peace and confidence. He has the voice of a loving Father.
We need to be closely connected to God so we will be in tune to that "still small voice" deep within our spirit.
Actively listen to God intentionally and with expectation
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Waiting is a common form of life. As children we could hardly wait until Christmas. We would cross off each day in December, anxiously awaiting Christmas morning. It seemed to be the longest month of the year.
Once we became teenagers we could hardly wait until we were old enough to drive or, to go to our senior prom, or to graduate from high school. We were always in a hurry to get to the next stage in our life.
An expectant mother waits and waits for the birth of her unborn child. The last few weeks seem to be the hardest, as she waits with anticipation to hold her baby in her arms.
As adults we wait in long lines at the store, we wait at the doctor's office, we wait, often impatiently. Waiting is not always easy.
How many times have we been in a hurry and taken short cuts or left out important steps only to end up with more problems? Many times when we are under pressure we begin to turn away from the path that we were to pursue. Or we become fearful of failure and seek a our own path.
Waiting with wavering faith and doubt is an insult to God. Actively waiting strengthens our faith. We need to believe and trust that even though he keeps us waiting, His timing is perfect.
God commands us to wait. It is through the wait that God works out every detail and prepares us for the plans and purpose He has for our lives.
Through the process of waiting builds our faith and strengthens our spiritual walk with God. How strong would our hope and faith become if our prayers were instantly answered?
It is through the wait that the bond of many types of glue are strengthened. How many times have we picked something up too soon after we glued it, and it came apart? But allowing it to dry overnight produced a strong cohesive bond.
Wait quietly. Do not question God or complain during the trial but wait with confidence knowing He will see us through the storm.
GOD IS YOUR HOPE AND STRENGTH WHILE YOU WAIT ON HIM
Psalms 46:1 (NIV)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
In the past I drove several "hooptie" cars. Even short trips could be a challenge. When a tire went flat, smoke came pouring out of a radiator, or I was stranded on the side of the rode, help seemed to appear out of nowhere. I never had to change my flat or walk a long distance. My faith and trust in God is always my antidote in any trouble I face.
God Himself is my help - not from a distance but a "very present help." God never withdraws Himself from me. He is my help effectually and constantly. He is closer than any friend or family more present than any of my troubles.
God dwells in my heart, He is my Father. He is a real refuge, strength and help to me. There is no reason to fear, even in the biggest crisis.
God is my refuge. God is my source of strength when I am weak.
God Is My Constant Help
Faith, Trust, And Prayer Are My Heavenly 911!
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God
my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
How often do we run ahead of God? We plunge forward, choosing the wrong direction in our lives. Our independent nature often leads to destruction and failure; then we may say, "Oops!" God, I forgot you were there.
For many years as a single mother I would run ahead of God. I was a very independent woman, thinking I could do it "my way". I would work long hours to provide my children's needs. Sleep deprivation and exhaustion often earned me the title of "psycho mom".
Stress and anxiety were constant companions. I would run at a non stop pace to try to keep my chaotic world in order. "I" could fix it. "I" could care for my children. "I" could work hard. "I" was trying to be super mom, super nurse and super homemaker.
I finally learned "I" was not super woman. I had to get the "I" out of the way so God could take over. "I" was in His way. I am finally beginning to learn to let go of my independence and become more dependent on God.
Our independence is a roadblock to the path God wants us to follow. It hinders us from receiving God's instruction and guidance. A child learns the way of his parents by walking beside them: watching and listening. A child learns through dependence on their parent's guidance.
Our way is marked out through the word of God. As we walk according to God's word we are walking in His way. His word is our road map.
We must have a willingness to learn His ways and a desire to seek His truth; it is like a sign that points to the path we need to follow.
Our "oops!" moments are often created through our lack of trusting him completely to direct our paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Snapping alligators or a solid bridge: Which way will you choose?