Living the Christian life would be so much less complicated if genuinely desiring to serve God fell in line with actually doing it.
After all, arriving at a point where you’re devoted to living His plan and following His path is often a struggle. I know I’ve pushed back against it for large portions of my life. Maybe you have, too.
Now, I feel like I’m wholly committed to accomplishing His purpose in both my professional and personal endeavors, preferably in some marriage of the two that will provide for my family and allow me to do great things for the Kingdom of God.
I always thought if I ever got to this point, that would be when things clicked and it would be easy.
Instead, it feels like after waiting year after year for me to sign the contract making us partners in His mission, God has chosen this moment to pull the paper out from under my pen just when I was ready to eagerly apply my signature.
I’m almost 60, so I’ve spent probably 40 of those years wandering aimlessly in my very own desert of indifference, like the children of Israel.
I really believe I’m on the cusp, or at least in the vicinity, of discovering something great in my life that will merge my gifts with the needs of others to fill a void in their lives and embolden and equip them to know and serve Christ better.
I sense that I’m only one step away, and that is really, really exciting.
But it’s also frustrating, because now that I’m ready, willing and able to go forward in His name, I feel like Jesus is playing that kid’s swimming pool game of, Marco Polo, with me.
I hear Him at times, but I just can’t locate Him exactly to complete the process of finding clear next steps, strategies and actions. Perhaps I’m distracted by other things (laziness, comfort, fear, lack of diligence or confidence), and so while I sense Jesus coaxing me along, I can’t quite pin down His exact location and plug directly into Him to fully connect and launch.
Lord, help me to tune out the other voices that are distracting me so that I can hear only You. Help me, show me, how to exercise the discipline to silence the other voices so that I can find You as You call out to me. Help me to hear, recognize and follow the voice of truth.
Where is that voice? One place, for certain, is in the Bible. Every word is inspired by God to guide us toward Him, help us understand Him, encourage us to follow Him and reconcile us to Him.
The closer I listen for direction, the more I hear His encouraging promises calming me amid my uncertainty:
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one shall pluck them out of my hand.”John 10:27
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”John 14:6
“You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with your whole heart.”Jeremiah 29:13
“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he will exalt you in due time.”1 Peter 5:6
“The battle is the Lord’s.”1 Samuel 17:47
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9
“If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”Galatians 1:10
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.”Proverbs 21:30
All these verses and so many others provide an unshakeable refuge to shield me and spare me when I am buffeted by doubt and anxiety. I need to cling to what I know to be true and be vigilant in my commitment to seek, find and follow His path.
Help me, Heavenly Father, to have the gift of discerning Your direction in my life, so that I know when, where and how to move with the confidence that You go before me and prepare the way.