There have been seasons when God orchestrated events and situations in such a mighty way that there was no doubt He was leading me. In those times, His voice was magnified and piercing, His direction so clear. I walked in confidence knowing He was with me and I was in His will.
But what about those other times?
You know, those ordinary, in-between, and quiet times when you have no idea what to do or where to go. God’s voice is not heard clearly and you can’t tell what is emotion and what is discernment.
I whole heartedly believe in miraculous signs and wonders, experiencing Holy Spirit in ways I cannot explain in earthly terms. However, sometimes God is in the natural ebb and flow of life, waiting for me to be silent enough to hear His whispers.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
I just need to take one day (sometimes one hour) at a time, trying my best to follow Jesus.
God doesn’t always crash through my life with a billboard of blinking lights and clear instructions because He is growing my faith and trust in Him.
Do I really trust He is in control?
Do I really have faith that He will be with me no matter what happens?
I cannot have authentic and a deep seeded faith and trust without experiencing a time when my faith and trust is all I have.
Does God still use dreams, other people, and events to help guide us? Undeniably so.
However, sometimes He wants us to clear our schedule a bit, be more steadfast in prayer, be more patient, and allow His Holy Spirit to root out the answer gradually over time.
I want to have the kind of faith that moves mountains and the kind of trust in Jesus that is a witness to a world that denies or undervalues the authority of Christ.
But to get that kind of faith and trust requires going through many days of seeking God in the ordinary moments of life.
It requires that I
live by faith, not by sight ~1 Corinthians 5:7