Are you wondering what your next step should be? Maybe you know the next step but you don’t know how to take it. When I am puzzled over which decision to make or which direction to go, I often want to run to my phone and talk with my closest friend. I want to tell her everything on my mind and listen as she sorts it out for me and gives me the Godly wisdom that is overflowing in her life. Or I want to wait for that special moment when my husband tenderly asks, “So how’s your heart?” I look forward to dumping all of my angst and confusion on his eardrums, knowing that just like a superhero, my “Captain Logic” will have a concise plan to straighten out and execute a successful path that will settle my mind and emotions.
While I am beyond grateful to have people in my life who give me counsel, I am often reminded of what Joyce Meyers encourages us to do: “Run to the throne before you run to the phone.” I treasure getting people’s advice—it seems sometimes to be easier, and I get a quicker response time. But when we call on Jesus and ask Him FIRST, we receive the clearest direction. His counsel is like crystal clear water coming from a pure water source. No human reasoning in there, only all-knowing wisdom from heaven. He is talking . . . He is directing.
In Psalms 32:8 God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” How can we hear from Him clearly? Jesus told us in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” This is a promise that we as believers have: the ability and privilege of hearing His voice. In John 10:3-5 Jesus reminds us that He calls His own sheep by name and that we follow Him. We do not have to worry that we are listening to the wrong voice. In verse 5 we are taught that we will not follow a voice of a stranger.
God is speaking to His children. Every answer that we need in this life can be found in Him. We often call it a still small voice because, unlike our TVs, radios, and speakers, God is usually not yelling in our ears. His voice is steady and powerful but is most easily heard when we stop and seek after His words. I’ve often heard the Holy Spirit referred to as a gentleman, meaning He doesn’t force His will on us or scream at us to get our attention.
As we slow down, get quiet and read the Bible, God reveals His specific, step-by-step plans for our lives. He wants to unfold the plans to you through a relationship with Him. Our loving Father is waiting to hear all that is on our hearts . . . waiting to comfort, guide, and enjoy us. He is a loving Daddy calling His children into an intimate, ongoing conversation. Let’s sneak away with Him today.
Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”