How To Know The Will of God: Take Two

By January 25, 2011Create A Morning Routine

(If you subscribe to this blog via email or rss, you might feel like you’re living in the movie Groundhog Day. Yes, I posted this entry yesterday. But then I felt like I needed to spend the day offline, just listening. Not giving input to anyone or getting feedback from anyone but God. So, I took the post down after 20 minutes. And here it is again… I hope you enjoy it. Again.)

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Presumptuous blog titles?

I got ’em. Clearly.

But this isn’t a bait and switch. By the end of this post, I hope you’ll feel more confident in knowing how to hear Him.

Christmas Shopping Is Tough

I WANT to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list but usually I end up settling for gift cards.

We don’t live very close to family
. I don’t see them day in and day out. I don’t know when their favorite hoodie gets a hole in the left elbow. I’m not in their car when that new song comes on the radio and they start singing along.

All those little gift clues I would pick up on if I was in their presence, I miss. So they get gift cards.

Shopping for My Kids Is Easy

Sometimes, they give subtle hints about what they would like. {ahem…}

But other times, I just see their eyes light up when we pass THAT TOY at the store. I see the torn book, empty paint bottle or the THING that would just make playtime so much more fun for them.

Presence

I’m not often in the presence of our extended family. I don’t know what the want or need, but I’m constantly in the presence of my children. I know exactly what they want and need.

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God isn’t a vending machine.

We can’t just hit Him up when life’s tough.

When we do that we end up struggling to “know His will” and we make it this huge complex mystery that we think requires us to jump through hoops, while turning in circles with one hand on our nose and patting our head at the same time.

But it’s really not that hard…

In order to know the will of God, we have to know the heart of God

So, how do we know the heart of God?

The same way we KNOW anyone. By spending time with Him.

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We’ve Got To Listen To The Coach

What if there was a football team that was very talented, strong and smart?

They tried hard, worked hard and played as well as they could. But they rarely won.

Why? Because they never took the time to go to the sideline and talk with their coach. Their coach had the knowledge they needed, the experience, and the bird’s eye view of the game. But they were too busy playing to take time out to listen. So they just stayed on the field and kept working hard.

And they missed out on so many victories.

Let’s not miss out, my friends. Let’s know His will by wrapping our arms around His neck rather than putting our hands in His pockets.

If you haven’t already, now is is great time to close the computer and grab your Bible.

And if you’d like, you can join us on Friday for the start of the new Maximize Your Mornings Challenge.

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  • Great advice. I love that you just spent the day yesterday listening to God. I was just thinking this morning how often we are “doing” things but seldom stop to just “be still, and know He is God.” It’s a danger of our society, and if we are gonna stand firm, we have to sacrifice our time to be with Him!!

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  • Avatar Cheryl says:

    I love this! Love this. You often hear the rally to just “trust God”…but in order to trust anyone with anything we remotely value…we have to know them. The more I get to know God, the more I trust Him…it’s easier and more natural all the time to seek, submit and surrender. Thanks for putting this in such a wonderful way. 🙂

  • Avatar Beth says:

    You don’t know how much I needed this post yesterday. I am still “in limbo” as I listen for His will, but yesterday, I did hear “be open”. Maybe the answer to the question I’ve been asking about where my daughter should go to 8th grade next year is an option I haven’t even considered yet.