Be Still Know
Psalm 119:27 NLT
‘Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.’
Following God may start with a decision from choice, yet cannot progress without the means to follow effectively. This is given by God alone and this is why listening becomes such an essential element in pursuing him.
The journey with God is precisely that, a journey. Driving home late at night, I hate it when a major route is closed for repairs. I understand this is the best time, since it has the least traffic using it. However, I am now flung into confusion and driving on narrow, often unlit roads, increasing my anxiety and demanding my full attention. The satnav is untrustworthy, always trying to direct me back onto the closed route and I have to play close attention to the yellow detour signs at every roundabout and junction. It is perhaps this that best illustrates the movement from reliance upon a one-time decision to follow God and accompanying God on a journey on unfamiliar roads along diversions not of my own choosing. Yet, here it is I must learn to listen to God or I’ll miss the signs and lose my way completely.
In an age in which we like to assume full authority for our lives it is less fashionable to follow orders. Yet God invites us to follow his instructions if we are to live effectively for Christ. After all, we are children of God, and so looking for a parent’s guidance. Yet, we are also adults choosing and developing the skills to listen to God’s instruction to complete our journey through life, celebrating and revealing the substantive reality of our creator and sustainer. While driving the late-night diversion has a high nuisance value, in my spiritual life it enhances my concentration and reveals that there are different ways to live and complete my journey. This is the source of much fruitful meditation, and I discover fresh ways to encounter and engage with God.
QUESTION: Do you question the guidance that you believe God has given you?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to listen, to recognise your voice and to obey what you say.