By Father Peter Farrington
“But I do so without demanding that he reveal his will to me NOW.” The Now | Guide Me In The Right Path.
Most of us desire to be guided by God. We do not want to wander aimlessly through life, or make wrong choices. In Guide Me In The Right Path [P1], we discussed that we must be willing to commit our lives to God, to doing his will, and to seeking and following the right path [P2]. Also Hear my prayer [P3], Spiritual Guidance [P4], God Guidance [P5] and, Attitude [P6]. Today we will continue our discussion.
#6 – But what should we do when we do need guidance from God about particular situations and possibilities. If we are seeking to be and become spiritual men and women, and we are living a life of prayer and service to others as a normal aspect of life, then God will guide us in all things.
The Now | God’s Will
In the first place, we need to be patient. It is not enough to ask in prayer for some answer and then give up because nothing is clear to us. We need to ask, but in humility and with a willingness to wait until God reveals his will to us in his time, and in his way, for our salvation. There are aspects of my own ministry in the future about which I ask God to guide me. But I do so without demanding that he reveal his will to me NOW. Rather I know that I can and must be patient and wait for him to reveal things in accordance with what is best for me.
Often, in the second place, God requires us to wait longer than we wanted to or expected to. But if God is in control, and if we are workers in his Vineyard, then we must often be required to go beyond what makes us comfortable in ourselves. We should continue to pray patiently asking for God to reveal his will, but we should also seek to hear and understand what he is already saying and doing in our lives.
We may be asking about X, Y and Z, but God may be asking us to obey him in A, B and C. And it will be necessary for us to learn the lessons of A, B and C before we can move on to X, Y and Z in God’s will.
“It does seem that my life is unfolding in one way, but I must not ever start to insist on this, so that it becomes my will and not God’s will.” The Now | Guide Me In The Right Path.
The Now | Our Will
In the third place, we must not hold on to our own will when we seek the guidance and will of God. We must be willing to say, it seems you are asking me to think about this, but if you want me to do anything else, then your will be done. This is good, but whatever you ask of me, if you give me grace, is also your good and perfect will. Again, I see this in my own seeking after guidance. It does seem that my life is unfolding in one way, but I must not ever start to insist on this, so that it becomes my will and not God’s will.
I must always leave things in God’s hands for him to work out in his way, even while I also slowly begin to think that God is making his way clearer for me.
“I do not make any great plan. I am always ready to stop and step back. But I do the least thing to see if a way is opening” The Now | Guide Me In The Right Path.
The Now | Our Plan
And, in the fourth place, if things begin to become clearer, we should perhaps lean gently on a door or two, to see if it opens easily for us. In my own life, when it seems that God’s will is starting to become apparent to me, I do the very least, the smallest thing, to see if there is an opening in the direction I am thinking. I do not make any great plan. I am always ready to stop and step back. But I do the least thing to see if a way is opening.
“If I find these in my heart in relation to some situation then I begin to have confidence in God, indeed such faith in God is the foundation for these fruits.” The Now | Guide Me In The Right Path.
The Now | Our Heart
In all of this, in the fifth place, I look to find peace in my heart, and a confidence in God. If I am filled with frustration, anger, confusion and doubt, then I know that I am acting in my own strength. Because the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If I find these in my heart in relation to some situation then I begin to have confidence in God, indeed such faith in God is the foundation for these fruits.
If I do not find peace then it is time to stop and step back, and offer the whole situation to God again, asking that he will guide us and committing it to him.
“We must begin by deepening our relationship with God, we must give the situation to God in faith and hope.” The Now | Guide Me In The Right Path.
The Now | Faith
But in all of this, in the sixth place, we should look for the guidance of God in our daily interactions with others, and in the unexpected incidents in our lives. Much of the service I am engaged in is due entirely to unexpected interactions with people, where I have not been asking or demanding any service myself, or has been due to listening to what others would like me to do, or considering the needs of others, as God lays them in my heart and asks me to provide for them.
What have I been trying to say in all of this? It is that when we have a question, Lord, what should I do about this? We must begin by deepening our relationship with God, we must give the situation to God in faith and hope. We must be patient and not grow frustrated, but commit ourselves to the daily obedience of God and the service of others which will teach us how to hear his guiding voice in all things.
God certainly wants to guide us, but that requires us to be a people who are able to be guided, those who are obedient and wholehearted in their commitment to God. As we seek to be such people, we will discover the word and will of God more easily heard and understood.
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