There’s a long-running debate among a few of my friends. We pretty much agree that God revealed His moral will for us through the Scriptures. And that He keeps His sovereign will to himself. We’ll have to wait ‘til heaven to understand all He was doing as we lived our lives here on earth.
But does God have an individual will for each of His children? Can we know it in advance? Will God whisper “Go to Auburn” in your ear when you’re hung up between “Should I go to The University of Georgia or to Auburn University?” (We ALL know what God would say to that question, right?)
I’m digging deep on listening to God right now. My next read is Dallas Willard’s Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God.
For instance, I know I hear from God when I apply the “Eli” approach. Remember when God is speaking to Samuel? Samuel doesn’t get it, so he goes to his mentor Eli and asks for advice. The third time he comes back to Eli (who like most mentors, may not have been the sharpest knife in the drawer), he’s told “Go and lie down, and if He calls you, say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (I Samuel 3:9-10)
Most of the time when I pray that prayer and ask “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening”, I hear “I love you Regi”. I’m still in awe of the fact that the God of the universe hears my prayers and tells ME He loves me. I mean…that’s pretty amazing if you think about it. He so encourages me when He tells me that.
But what about the decisions we face? How do we sort out the “either/or” decisions?
I’ll confess that I can’t recall a single time I’ve laid out two or more choices and had God unquestionably lead me to one of those choices. I’m talking about choices where neither option is sinful…where it’s pretty benign from a spiritual and moral point of view.
I don’t think God does multiple choice. He pretty much leaves those choices to us. He gave us a brain. He gives us wise counsel if we’ll humble ourselves enough to seek it. He gave us a perfect role model in Jesus so we could consider what He would likely do. But when it comes to multiple choice, I don’t think He submits to our definition of the acceptable options. He’s “bigger picture” and a whole lot smarter than that.
I think God does open-ended questions. He loves it when I ask “Lord, what would you have me do?” He loves to give direction when we ask wide open questions and don’t try to put Him in a box. And He’s especially responsive to the “What would you have me do?” question when He knows that we’re truly willing to obey and do what He says.
Question: Are you willing to ask “Lord, what would you have me do TODAY?” And are you willing to obey His voice when He answers? Tell us about times you’ve done that. What did you do? What did God do?
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