Posts Tagged ‘Gods-will’

A Couple More Thoughts About Being Led

Friday, September 26th, 2008

So, a couple more things:

1.) I want to re-iterate that I think the leading of the Spirit is tremendously difficult to articulate well.  I haven’t reached a place where I can talk extensively about it, and then come away super-confident that I got it right.  There are some things that I absolutely affirm, and some principles about discernment & testing that I think are very important.  There are various bits and pieces where I can point to clear biblical teaching.

I’m hesitant about how people use the language “God told me”, but I’m not sure I want to deny it.  I’m positive that the Spirit leads us, but I’m not sure how much “leading==intuition”.

But our minds are being renewed.  We are growing in the mind of Christ, if we are maturing as God’s children.  We are being transformed.  We are being given a spirit of wisdom and revelation.  I don’t know exactly how that works out, all the time.  But I want to seek more of the Spirit’s work in my life, to grow me in Christ.  I want to be led by & to be full of the Spirit of Christ.  I want to be willing & responsive to his influence in my life, in every sense and every way.

2.) I went back and added a couple comments to my earlier entry on audible voices & Scripture.

3.) A Wise Individual has directed me to an article at Christianity Today.  I appreciate these thoughts about God’s guidance.  They describe a sort of freedom, one that every mature, Spirit-filled believer ought to be able to experience:

The Puritans had a way of assuming God’s guarding guidance by saying, “I will do thus unless providentially hindered.” In this view of divine guidance, God lays out before his people a veritable smorgasbord of opportunities, saying, “See what a wonderful table I have placed before you. Choose; enjoy. I am with you.”

To trust God’s guarding guidance is wonderfully freeing when it comes to geographic moves, marriage proposals, vocational choices, or even routes for horseback riding. Depending on the weight of the matter, we draw on common sense; the teachings of Scripture; the advice of wise, godly friends; the guidance of the church; and our own interests, abilities, and inclinations. We pray throughout this process—and then we choose. If that door is closed from the other side we can smile with relief, even if disappointed, because God our guarding guide has protected us. And so we move on under his continued care, continuing to graze on his smorgasbord of opportunities.

Be Free and Serve (or, Doing God’s Will)

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

“I have a passion for South America. I love the people and the cultures. I really have a heart to see them come to know Jesus and to serve God. But… I’m not sure it’s God’s will for my life.”

“My residency has been very rewarding. I talk to people. I can help them, and make them feel better. I can help them with problems, and spread some happiness in their lives. It gives me lots of opportunities to talk about God. But… I also love art–creating beautiful things. It’s another way to help people, and I’ve always wanted to go to art school. I don’t know if I should keep going with med school, or leave to do art. I’ve been praying a lot, but God hasn’t revealed His will yet.”

Making big decisions is a hard thing. It’s a topic at the forefront of my mind at the moment. I’m finishing grad school shortly, and because the company I interned with is in a slump right now, I don’t have a job lined up. I have to find a long-term job, and I have to figure out what to do with my time in the short-term. Get a part-time job? Live off savings and do various volunteer work? I want to stay in Austin; if I get an offer elsewhere, should I take it, or wait for something here? How do I know what God wants me to do?

As Christians, committed to serving God and submitting to Him, we know that we should seek His will. When a decision affects our lives in a big way, we want to factor God in, so to speak. So…What do we do when we have a decision to make, but we haven’t heard from God? What do we do when we can’t seem to find His guidance? Do we wait until we get a clear indication somehow? How are we supposed to recognize those indications? Are we even supposed to expect to hear from God in this kind of thing? What if we come up to a deadline? What happens if we make the wrong decision, and miss God’s best?