Most of the time I don’t know what it means to listen or to hear from God. I get caught up in reading my circumstances, searching for signs, and trying to interpret the Scriptures to discern His overall will for me rather than seeking Him in the day in and day out parts of life. I find myself praying for opportunities over wisdom, plans over people, and perspective over more of Him. And every time, I end up confused and unaware of where He is leading me.
Despite my efforts, I am comforted to know that God will be faithful. He will deliver me, shield me, and protect me from the ways of the wicked (Psalm 2). How? So long as I walk in the way of the righteous (Psalm 1).
This is a beautiful truth; but how do we practice ‘walking in the way of the righteous’?
I think it can be boiled down to three things: (1) obeying God’s truths from the Scriptures; (2) trusting that He is good and that He will get the glory; and (3) denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Him (Matthew 16:24).
Paul and Timothy do this in Acts 16. They listen to the lead of the Holy Spirit and wait for instruction. Rather than following their own lead, and entering into Asia, they hear God’s call for a journey to Macedonia, and they listen. They obey. And what occurs? Fruit. They meet Lydia, who soon gets baptized and further commits her life to the Lord.
Psalm 1 also references this when it talks of the tree planted by streams of water, whose leaf does not wither. This tree is compared to the one who trusts in God, whose delight is in His law, and who walks in the way of the righteous. This Psalm says that if we follow God’s lead, we will prosper. But when we trust in our own heart and follow our own lead, we will end in destruction.
Sister, I pray that you are able to trust in and listen to Holy Spirit. I pray that you are able to live like Paul and Timothy, following our Father obediently, and then that you come to see fruit in your life and in the lives of others around you.