A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
In the busyness of everyday life, the challenge to hear God’s voice can seem impossible. Few things have more impact on listening than our attitudes. If we come to God in pride, rebellion, anger or self-sufficiency, what should we expect in return? The truth of the matter is, we are unable to hear anything unless our hearts and minds are exposed towards the Lord. If we are gazing in the opposite direction, we will be unable to notice Him.
By taking a few moments of our day to be still before the Lord, we are able to re-examine life’s demands. Our best-laid plans can be swiftly changed when the Lord intervenes. Time is a precious commodity none of us want to waste. So, how can we be intentional on these divine occasions? Here are a few areas to be mindful of in our pursuit to hear from God:
First, we must come into His presence submissively. There is nothing that saddens God more than pride. His Spirit will not penetrate our hearts when arrogance is stirring in our souls.
Second, our attitude must reflect thankfulness. Showing God we appreciate His loving kindness, His unmeasurable forgiveness, and His blessings demonstrate an attitude of gratitude.
Third, we must trust God’s hand when we don’t understand His plan. Trust might seem like a simple word, yet a difficult one to grasp. Trust knows that God has a divine plan for our life. Every heartache, tear, or question that invades our plan is wrapped in a love package by our Heavenly Father. He will never steer us down a wrong path.
Lastly, every part of our being needs to hope. Hope is the medicine to face tomorrow. When our attitude is overwhelmed by life’s challenges, we hope. David vividly reminds us in Psalm 62:5, “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.”
When we come to the throne of grace in submission, along with a thankful heart that trusts and hopes in our Precious Savior – we can face tomorrow! If we don’t learn to think differently, we will never live differently. Inviting God to be the driver of our journey where He infiltrates every fiber of our beings produces unwavering faith. My prayer is our hearts are open to the Lord’s preferred route of travel. We will encounter detours and road blocks along this path; but rest assured, we are never alone. We are equipped with a personal GPS (God’s Piloting System) that is thankfully always plugged in.