It’s Week 4 in our 8-week study of Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God! Can you believe we’re about half-way through?
Even last week we had ladies introducing themselves to the group and continuing to post in previous weeks. Please read back through their comments so you don’t miss anything.
Life is like . . .”A box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Well, maybe, but for many of us life seems more like standing in the woods with 20 paths to choose and only one way is the will of God. You eeny, meeny, miney moe, cross your fingers, travel down a road and hope it’s the one God wanted you to choose.
Someone said to me this week, “I just want to make sure this is God’s will.”
Have you heard that? Have you said that? About a job, who to marry, where to go to college and what to study, what car to buy, where to live, about a million choices you’ve had to make over time?
When we worry and fret over God’s will in that way, we are saying that God is fickle and demanding, that He removes His love and favor at whim if we fail to choose the right answer in the multiple choice test of life.
As long as our hearts are set on obedience and the desire of our heart is to be in God’s will, we can trust the God who created communication to communicate His desires to us.”
Should we desire to do God’s will? Most definitely. Walking with Him is always the best place to be. Are there things we can do to help us discern God’s will? Sure. Know the Word. Seek Godly counsel. Pray. And then trust Him.
On page 97, Priscilla Shirer writes:
David concluded Psalm 119:10 (NASB) with these words: “Do not let me wander from Your commandments.” Notice that he puts the responsibility for staying in the will of God on God Himself. He says, “You, God—please don’t let me wander from Your will!” Our responsibility is to get to know God. His is to keep us from wandering from His will for our lives.
That’s incredible freeing for me, to know that my job is to know Him; His job is to direct me. We won’t just fall out of God’s will one day. We actually have to climb out in purposeful disobedience.
On page 92, she writes, “He moves your relationship with Him from a mental one to an experiential one that reveals even more about Him. As you move from knowing about God, to experiencing God, to knowing God, the more clearly you will discern His voice.”
She highlights over the course of both chapters several of God’s attributes revealed in His names:
- Jehovah-Jireh, God our Provider, p. 92
- Jehovah-Rohi, God our Shepherd, p. 93
- El-Shaddai, the All-Sufficient God, p. 94
- Jehovah-Shalom, God of Peace, p. 102
She notes on p. 95 that, “As hard as he (Satan) tries to imitate the voice of God, he will never sound exactly like the real thing; and the more intimate we are with God, the more quickly we’ll be able to tell who is really speaking.”
On p. 95, she challenges us to make sure we are not “voice hunting more than God hunting.”
On p. 103, she notes that peace shouldn’t just “be a part of our lives; it is to rule in our lives.” Having peace in a situation is a powerful way to discern God’s direction.
Not only that, but she reminds us that relational peace should help us decide what to do. “Peaceable relationships are important to God. Therefore, we can conclude that the Holy Spirit will not lead us to do anything that in any way hinders peace and unity in the body of Christ” (p. 105).
- What name of God is most precious to you right now and why? (She gives some examples, but you don’t need to confine yourself to the names she chooses).
- What do you think about the idea that “it is God’s responsibility to cause you to hear and recognize His voice”? (p. 98).
- How does peace factor into how you make decisions?
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.