First, because it forces me to put what I plan to do into words. As I do that it forces me to think through the situation more clearly which helps me have a better understanding about what it will look like as I walk through this plan. Secondly, I seek others because they can sometimes assist me in working out all the details. Details I had not thought of before.
Over the past few years, as I’ve worked on my book, I have often gone to others for advice. And I have often found myself in a pickle! You see, as much as I enjoy hearing others thoughts and ideas as to what I should and should not do, it can cause confusion. Yes, yes, I know, I am easily confused. 😛
I value the opinions of those I love and trust so I find myself in a pickle because the opinions of those I go to for help don’t always match. A few people will tell me I should look into one thing when a few others will tell me to stay away from that and do something completely different. Then I’m stuck! What to do, what to do? I don’t want to hurt the feelings of those I went to for help, but at the same time I like the idea of the others as well.
“First seek the counsel of the Lord.” ~ 1 Kings 22:5
Thankfully I have learned that its great to get assistance from others, but its God who I need to go to for the final answers. Hopefully, when I come up with a new idea or plan it’s because God has given me the desire in the first place. Even then, I don’t believe God gives us a desire and says ‘there ya go, have fun making it happen!’ No, God gives us a desire and has the plan and knows the timing in which it is to be carried out.
God will purposely puts people in our path to help us carry out the plan He gave us, but ultimately we need to go to Him for guidance and assurance. The more we do this the more clearly we will be able to discern the correct path for us as we go forward in our journey through life.
The definition of discern in the dictionary is to sense, see or recognize.
Earlier this year I continuously heard people ask for prayers of discernment. I honestly didn’t understand what they were asking for. I figured since they were asking for it, they must have known they needed it. Then recently, when finding myself confused by all the advice, I realized I too needed discernment. (Well that’s not entirely true. A friend suggested I pray for discernment.) I needed to sense, see and recognize God in all aspects of my life. So how was I supposed to do this? I felt I needed to get back to talking to God about my confusion. I needed to talk it out with Him. Then I needed to listen and watch for His answer and guidance.
I don’t know how God does things with you, but with me He only reveals one step at a time. He knows I am easily distracted and confused if I look to far ahead. But what do I usually do? I usually take matters into my own hands and try to peek down the road so I can try and figure things out before I get there. I try and give myself a ‘heads up’. It never works, so I don’t advise it. What I do advise is looking to God and trusting He will give you all the ‘heads up’ you could possibly need.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, you are so awesome! You are always caring for us and loving us. The patience you have with us is incredibly amazing! Thank you. I pray we seek you in our daily lives so we may sense, see and recognize the wonders of You all around us, Amen.