It wasn’t until recently that I’ve noticed how much I don’t listen to God when He speaks to me. I am sad to say, at times, I have downed out His voice with my own human reasoning. I have felt somewhat, at times, far from God especially in the last few years, trying my best to figure out the problem. Recently, I realized how much I don’t listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Believing that my choices were best and that I was using wisdom to choose. Yes I do believe that I have been using wisdom and not walking in outright disobedience on purpose. However, at times I have been drowning out the voice of God with my own voice. I think I may have missed out on experencing God’s ‘best’ choice by choosing my ‘best’ choice.
I think that when we’re plugged into the Spirit of God that we can see and experience that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55). He gives wisdom to us by speaking thoughts to us that we could never come up with on our own. We have an inner in-voice that will give us His secrets if we let Him; leading us to not just the ‘better way’ but to the ‘best way’. I think God wants us to ask Him everything.
I’ll give you an example, when I first came back to the Lord 21 years ago I had a mentor that told me her and her husband prayed everytime before they’d go grocery shopping for God to help them get exactly what they needed and have the right amount of money to pay for that. I was surprised when she told me that but she said we should and could pray about everything. She was right.
I wish I could mention every example of God telling us the right thing to do because there have been times where we lived in such need that every decision we made hinged on God’s grace and power working on our behalf. His promptings led us to make wise decisions but there’s just too many to list. His grace working has shown through us how sufficient His Power is made perfect in our weaknesses.
Philippians 2 says we are to pray about everything. God wants us to ask Him so He can answer us. This might be a silly example but when I was getting ready for vacation I wanted to get my nails done but I wasn’t sure where to go. In my spirit I heard the Lord speak ‘bella’. So I did a search for a nail salon called Bella nearby me and found one. So I made an apt at this salon that I’ve never been to before.
I just imagine God is up there sitting on His Big White Throne doing like the Word says, ‘bending His ear down to hear our prayers everytime we pray’ (Ps 116:2). He’s eager to lead us and He wants to tell us the right answer and all we have to do is invite Him to do so. He’s waiting on us. The ball’s in your court. What will you do with it today?
” Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:7-8)