God always answers us, and often in unexpected ways.
I have found myself, once again, in a position of awaiting divine guidance. I’ve been praying throughout the day, asking God to direct my heart and to turn my will from mine to His. As I sit with my coffee, my Bible, and my journal each morning, I stay alert for God’s guidance.
This morning God assured me He hears me as I read Psalm 16:
“I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me” (Psalm 16:7-8 NLT).
Not exactly the answer I was hoping for, but a promise none the less. Assurance that as I grow closer to Him, as I spend time with Him and reading His Word, the Bible, He’ll shift my thinking and sway my heart so that I can say, like my Savior did, that I only do what I see the Father doing.”
This is a process, and one that is infinitely more important than any decision I make today. I often have a very short term focus, getting caught up in the here and now. I allow myself to be deceived into thinking this thing, whatever it is, is more urgent, more necessary than the weightier and eternal matters relating to my character and spiritual growth.
This has become a cliche’ but I’ll say it anyway: God is more concerned with our journey than our destination. Yes, He is always working out His plan. Yes, He is always working on our behalf. Yes, He guides us regarding which path to take, what opportunity to accept or decline, and how to handle the difficulties that arise. Like a loving Father, He wants the very best for us.
But what if that best is not so much what happens to us but instead within us?
Tuesday, as I was reading Psalm 15, I sensed God saying to me, “Why are you asking Me what you should do? You already know. Live out what you know to be right. I’ll show you the rest in time.”
Let me share the passage I read with you, one that has become my memory goal for this week:
“Who may worship in Your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter Your presence on Your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts” (Psalm 15:1-4 NLT).
There’s enough instruction packed in that short passage to keep me occupied for weeks. Months. The rest of my life.
Let’s talk about this. I like to have all the answers. To know what’s ahead and how to get there, and I can get so caught up on the whats and whens that I lose sight of what God is trying to do in and through me in the here and now. Can you relate? When you look back at your moments of uncertainty or indecision, can you see God’s hand working not just in the situation, but in and through you as well? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or on Facebook at Living by Grace, because we can all learn from one another!
Before I go, I’d love to invite you to visit the Wholly Loved blog where my ministry team and I share stories on how we’re learning to live wholly loved, as God’s image bearers who surrender our whole selves, quirks, faults, and all, to God, so He can mold us and use us for His glory as we learn to lean deeper into Him.
I also invite you to read a few stories behind the story in my newest release.
Read about how my family’s interaction with a poor, single mom in Omaha influenced the missional thread in Restoring Love HERE.
You can read how God used a difficult time to birth my passion for single moms HERE.
And you can read some of the reviews that have been coming in for the story HERE.
And for the discount lovers among us …
I’ve recently come to realize that I need to be more careful about what I ask for because God tends to wrap His gifts in lessons, i.e., trials. 🙂 Now, before I ask for what I want, I ask myself, “Do I want the lesson required to gain what I want?”
Oh! That’s good! And so true!
“But what if that best is not so much what happens to us but instead within us?” – 🙌💕🌻 Amen!! Love this post. Thank you.
Hi, Journeys Within!
Thank you so much for stopping in and also for the encouragement!