“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.” – Psalms 119:125
How many times have you asked the questions:
“God, what is your will in this situation?”
“What do you want me to do?”
“Why is this happening?”
You could ask “why” all day long. Yet sometimes, your questions are so loud that they drown out the Holy Spirit’s still small voice. The voice that is guiding you to a verse in scripture. The voice that is speaking to you through a sermon. The voice that is speaking to you through a trusted friend or mentor.
Your desire to know the answer can sometimes overshadow your desire for a relationship with God. When that happens, you can’t hear. You can’t discern.
So what do you do? How do you clear your mind and heart of clutter so you can hear?
Review: Take a step back and look at all that God has done for you. This helps you to trust that He will help you discern His will.
Reveal: Think about your motives. Why do you want to know God’s will? Do you want to be in His will? Do you want confirmation that He agrees with your will? Ask God to show you. He promises He hears your prayers and always responds; though perhaps not in the way you expected.
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” – John 14:14
Right: Are the messages you are hearing and receiving lining up with God’s word or is your pride manipulating them? You know the difference. Do you have peace or don’t you?
These checks will help you to discern God’s will for you. The gift of discernment flourishes with trust. I pray that these help you to hear what is God’s voice and what isn’t.