“My Utmost For His Highest” had an interesting devotional this past Friday and Saturday. It had to do with communicating and that God communicates man’s calling in accordance with His nature, which is not man’s nature. And, that every creature communicates via the nature it possesses. The call of God on each of our lives is initiated by God and the only way we can discern it is by having the same nature as Gods, which means having a relationship with God that enables God the Spirit to communicate with our spirits (born again).
It stands to reason then that the stronger our relationship with God, the better equipped we are to hear his call. But one of the problems we face is that there are a lot of things calling for our attention. But how many of us miss Gods call for us because we don’t discern His voice from all the other voices calling us daily.
Perhaps that explains why so many Christians are floundering or questioning what God wants them to do with their lives. We focus so much on the “doing” in our lives that we fail to concentrate on the relationship, thereby missing the call of God. To paraphrase an old saying, we are so earthly focused that we are no heavenly good.
We would also suggest that hearing from God requires that we slow our lives down enough to hear Him and differentiate His call from all the other calls coming our way on any given day from various sources.
Focusing on our relationship with God is similar to the way we focus on any relationship we have. We spend time with people, we communicate with people, we love people, we help people, we listen to people; you get the idea. That’s how we relate to God as well. We communicate with Him through prayer, Bible study, fellow believers and circumstances. We spend time with Him by studying His word, continually keeping our focus on Him, thanking Him first for each good thing that happens in our lives, and going to Him first when in a jam or need direction. In other words, develop the habit of going to Him first with all that’s going on in our lives, good and bad. Don’t you love it when your kids, friends want to tell you about their day and what’s going on in their lives. Well, so does God even though he already knows it. Naturally, the more we do these things, the stronger our relationship with God will be.
That said, perhaps the challenge each and everyone of us has is to spend more time working on the relationship and less time on just doing good things. Then, perhaps, like Abraham, like Moses, like Isaiah, , etc., we will hear God’s calling for our lives. And, it will be something perhaps unexpected and definitely something only God can do. He’s simply inviting us along for the ride of our lives.