Have you ever had to make a decision between two jobs? Or do you move to a new city or not? Or to start a new business venture? Or to write the book or not? Start the ministry or not? Take that volunteer position or not? Decisions can be hard sometimes and if you are like me and you hang out in your own head too much they can be even harder. But when you know Jesus, I mean really hang out with Him we have a helper who will counsel us in the way in which we should go. His name is Holy Spirit!
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
The reason I said “really hang out with him” is this. You see when you become a Christian, and you ask Jesus to come into your heart, The Holy Spirit moves right in. He is there, there is no kicking him out, you are sealed, bought with the price of Jesus blood. But to know His voice you must spend some time getting to know Him. The way to do this is to spend time in God’s word and studying God’s word. The more you study, the more you will be able to discern His voice above the noise of the world around you. We know the voices of the people we hang out with, don’t we? I could pick out my husband and children’s voices in a crowd. I have friends that I would know their voices in a room if I were blindfolded. I want to know the Holy Spirit like that too. And most of the time, I feel like I do. But there are times, when I think I am not sure.
I read a verse in Isaiah this morning that I had highlighted so I know I have read it before but it brought me much comfort as I read it again this morning and felt like it was for the first time.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.’” Isaiah 30:21
I love that! When you tune your ears to hear His voice, He will show you the way. You will know AS you walk that you are walking in His way. He will show you the path. I have trouble sometime with the one step at a time of it. I tend to want the burning bush in front of me, or the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day. But we are in so much a better place than they were really because we have Him, we have His voice, we have His direction. He is with us in the day to day and He will guide us in the way to go. It may be one step at a time, and we may not can see the end of the road, but it is better because He is with us!
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
I know that for us planners that can feel like the hard road sometime, but the truth is it’s the better road.
Lord, I pray as my anxious heart desires to know the way that you are taking me in this life, that I will remember that I don’t have to know what is at the end of the road. I just have to know You and to know Your voice and to know when You tell me to go to the right or to the left.