When God Gets All Quiet

When God Gets All Quiet

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found God is always most quiet on big decisions. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that I dread praying when it comes to making life-changing choices because I rarely ‘hear’ from God.

What I’ve found instead is that in my life God tends to work this way:

1. I get this feeling like something is about to change.
2. Circumstances line up that kind of send me in a particular direction.
3. I run what I’ve been feeling and the circumstances through what I know of the Bible and the opinion of trusted advisors.
4. I say, “What the hay! This seems right, let’s give it a try. If we’re wrong God is big enough to bail us out.”

That may seem frighteningly simplistic to all you super spiritual people, but that decision making pattern has taken me around the world and back again. And it’s made for quite an exciting life so far.

I think the Bible backs up this method too.

…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Phil. 2:12-13)

My translation: Always go into decisions with trepidation, realizing I may be wrong. But realize that if my heart is really to obey God his will is working in me. He’s not trying to hide his will. In a very real sense God’s will becomes my will.

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (Isa 30:21)

My translation: Most of the time I’m not going to hear God giving me turn-by-turn GPS directions. He’s not that rigid about my direction (as long as I’m not in rebellion against him). But, if I get off track or make a dangerous decision he’ll gently point me to the right path.

There’s so much freedom in following Christ it can be frightening. I think lots of times we think God’s will is one particular thing or direction. But I’m becoming more and more convinced that God is more concerned about who we become than which specific path we take to get there.

There is only one way to God (John 14:6), but once we enter the door of his grace he brings us to a wide place full of exciting options. (Ps. 119:45)