I cannot tell you how many times I have been saved from deception just by stepping aside and asking the Lord to confirm His voice. We receive a lot of thoughts in our brain—some experts claim it is upwards of fifty thousand per day. If we take the time to step back and ask the Lord if a thought, feeling or impression is His, we will receive His guidance to clarify which way we should go. If you are confused, ask God to give you His gift of discernment. We should also read the Bible, as His Word is our ultimate source of truth. (1 John 4:2-3)
Faith comes to understand that when we take a long detour on our journey, God will ultimately intervene and redirect us . . . if we let Him. Faith also knows that doors to fulfilling our calling or destiny—doors of favor that we think should swing wide open—often slam shut. Yet if we wait, His purposes often become evident. If we act presumptuously and try to make our own way past the shut doors, disaster may curtail all our best intentions. Faith waits for God.
We are all stumbling toward our destiny. Destiny changes. Who we are and what we do at different points in our lives will eventually converge into something so much more than we ever thought that we would become. But the key is to stay close to the heartbeat of the Father and position ourselves for purpose.
If God has said the same thing to you on multiple occasions, through multiple voices, you may want to take notice.
“Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed. “Corrie,” he began gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam-when do I give you your ticket?”
I sniffed a few times, considering this.
“Why, just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need-just in time.”
April 5, 2020
Sometimes we too feel like we’re in a maze and don’t know which way to turn. We fear that if we take a wrong turn, it will lead to a dead-end from which we might not be able to escape. When we’re feeling lost and frustrated, the Lord knows our circumstances and is eager to direct us if we’ll just ask him. Prayer puts us in touch with the One who sees the beginning from the end.
March 20, 2020
We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength to do His will, waiting for the endless good which He is always giving as fast as He can get us able to take it in.
December 26, 2019
In the midst of our dark and foggy times, all sorts of voices are shouting orders into the night, telling us what to do, how to adjust our lives. Out of the darkness, one voice signals something quite opposite to the rest – something almost absurd. But the voice happens to be the Light of the World, and we ignore it at our peril.
Our relationship with God often seems to be a balance or tension between God’s clear voice and his silence, his closeness and his awesome holiness, his sweet and comforting imminence and his magnificent and mysterious transcendence.