Many of us when we have a big question to answer in our life, we seek out counsel, and as follower’s of Christ, we’re usually encouraged to “listen to God’s leading.”
What? How do I that? What’s ‘God’s leading,’ other than Christianese?
While it certainly isn’t easy to hear God’s voice amongst all the noise of our culture, I believe strongly that it is possible, and should definitely be sought out when you have no easy answers (or perhaps, even when you do have easy answers).
A big question I had as I exited high school, as do many, was What now? What’s next? I wanted to continue school in post-secondary. Where? What school? Do I really want to study “THIS” and do “THIS” for the rest of my life?
For me, I was considering Bible College. I didn’t have a miraculous, at-the-altar, light-shining-from-heaven moment where God told me to study theology. I just “felt” that I was supposed to. And I still “feel” that way. When it came to what school I went to though, that was hard work deciding.
Here are some of the things I did, and you should try, as you seek “God’s leading,” waiting to hear His voice:
1. Stick your head in the Bible
John 15:7 says,
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Jesus tells his disciples that if they keep reading the Scriptures, the Bible, if they invest themselves in God’s Word and remain true in their relationship to Him, whatever they ask for–it’s theirs!
Scripture should always be the first place we run to for guidance in life. It’s Truth. It’s timeless. And no matter what, we should not choose a path contrary to its teaching.
What about you? Have you ever read a passage of scripture that jumped off the page to you and spoke directly into what you have been wanting answers for? How do you listen for God’s voice?