Discerning God’s Will

If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here(Exodus 33:15)

Many of us are waiting for God to do something. We’ve been seeking Him for quite some time now and we wonder if His hand is with us. I get that. In many ways, I feel like I’m living that now. Waiting, seeking, praying and discerning God’s will for my life is always a challenge.

Moses was faced with the same issue. He didn’t want to move unless God’s presence went with him. Friend, if I’m being totally honest, sometimes I have impulsively went ahead of God. I’ve wanted Him to work and so I came up with a few good ideas to help Him in the process. But what if God doesn’t need our ideas? What if He just needs us to rest.

Whenever my child sits still long enough to rest in my lap I’m able to give her things I’m not able to extend to her when she’s on the go. I can give her more hugs and kisses, more smiles and words that build into her. Friend, maybe God needs you to stop and be still long enough to offer you the very same- His presence and love. Maybe that’s what you need first before you go running for what’s next. At least, that’s what I’m learning.

As you discern God’s will, remember that when you rest, the words of grace and encouragement flood your soul, not words of discouragement and defeat. If that’s where you are, then maybe it’s time to rest so that you can hear His words to you of love, grace and encouragement. Then as we practice this kind of faith we can move forward with Him in grace as we rest with Him first in His presence.

Lord, I want to be still long enough to hear from you. To be transformed by Jesus. I need that more in my life. Help me, as I grow to do this so that Christ might be magnified in me, in Jesus name, Amen.

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