I have been lost in the wilderness. For awhile now, I’ve felt a desire to be more protective of my time and to use it in ways that are most effective for myself, others, and for God’s ultimate purpose for my life. But what is God’s ultimate purpose for my life? I’ve wondered if I’m hearing from God. Is it His voice, the voice of my own conscience or thoughts planted by the Evil One.
Hearing from God: Peace and Clarity
I’ve struggled with that question. Am I working for God or am I working for what I want in this world? Finally someone in my Bible study class said,
“Angela, God doesn’t give us confusion and chaos. He gives us peace and clarity.”
I pondered those words. They seem too simple to be true, but I do have a habit of over complicating things. From my study of the Bible, I do understand God to be a God of peace and love.
He reveals things in his own time and often I forget the importance of the process and am impatient to receive the prize at the end. I don’t want to waste time. I want to get there now and want the quickest path with the least resistance. Let’s clear out all the weeds and focus on what matters to get where we are going!
I began to clear out all the confusion and chaos and to focus on the words of peace and clarity. The message I’ve been getting from God is to keep doing what I’m doing but to quit worrying about it so much. There’s value in my current activities and relationships. He’s asked me to continue joyfully and without hesitation. He wants me to be confident in my actions and quit wrestling with my purpose. He’ll tell me more when the time comes. For now, He’s working behind the scenes, weaving His tapestry and I need to be content where I am, with what I’m doing until He’s ready to reveal His work.
The things I’m doing now all have value. The questions I’m struggling with, and the methods I’m using to come to answers through scripture and the Holy Spirit are practices that take time to develop. These skills are important to focus on for now. God is growing me in this time. I need to wait and listen.
“This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. LISTEN to him!” Matthew 17:5
In my quest to discern the voice of God from the thoughts that the devil plants in my mind to swirl me up and keep me separate, a friend (from the same bible study group) loaned me a book that I highly recommend to you (affiliate link) Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks by Priscilla Shirer (writer, teacher, and actress from The War Room).
The Process of Waiting
I’ve been pouring over the pages of this book and taking notes as I go. It’s full of wisdom as Priscilla uses stories to illuminate what scripture says about God’s voice. She’s a natural story-teller and provides answers to many of my burning questions. As I begin pouring over the pages of this book these words jumped out at me:
“the process of waiting for a message from God is often just as important as the message itself. As I wait, my faith grows. The waiting prepares me to receive the message that’s coming and to respond in obedience.” – Priscilla Shirer
He Repeats Himself
Each chapter ends with a quote from another Christian who answers the question “How do you know it’s God’s voice?” Here’s part of one answer that I found to be reassuring:
“I know that Lord is speaking to me when He repeats the same message through many different venues in a short period of time.” – Ben Carson
Be Still and Know
So for now, I’m to be still and wait. But I realize that in the waiting, I’m growing. I also know that the answer to my question about purpose is complicated. As God is weaving His tapestry, my thread will overlap with the thread of others and we’ll impact each other. My questions will need to become more specific to my circumstances.
Be content where you are and…