How many times have you cried out to God in a prayer or a song to show you your way? Probably too many times to count. We all do it. I think this is something that is most commonly found among the college population. I know we sing multiple songs at CollegeLife and Chapel that have these pleas. This often forces us to ask ourselves why we can’t hear the response. If we are crying out so much and yearning to know so much, how come God has not responded? There are many responses to that question.
We cannot hear God over the noise of this world. We are surrounded by distractions; phones, the internet, money, friends, the list goes on and on. People in this day and age truly have to be intentional in their practice of listening to the holy spirit. It is a difficult discipline, one that I honestly am not even close to mastering. So push all of those worldly distractions aside and still… nothing. Now we are all thinking; “Okay God, any day now would be awesome.” We forget one really major point here–God does not function with time like we do. To God, time does not even exist. You have heard this said many times I am sure, it probably isn’t even comforting anymore, but it is true. God goes before us, behind us, and with us at all times. Now you’re wondering; “Where on earth is she going with this?” Well, I am here to tell you what a wise man told me today, God cannot reach you because you are blocking him with your anxieties.
We sit before God and tell him that we trust him, that we are following him, and that we will go where he leads us, but we are saying these things through our fears and anxieties of the future. Your anxiety and fear sort of cancels out those statements don’t you think? If you are truly following God where he is leading, you would be at peace knowing that in his perfect time, you will know where to go. We have such little faith in God and we can’t help it. We are human, we doubt and we sin. Wrestle with your fears and ask yourself what it is that you are not giving to God right now, when you sit and reflect for awhile, you may be surprised by the answer. Push your anxieties aside, your life is going to continue on whether or not you make a 10 year plan today. You don’t need to know your every move before you make it. Part of walking by faith is walking up and asking God what he wants you to do TODAY not ten years from now or even tomorrow.
I know I sit here and preach this to you and I don’t even live into it myself. This is the part where I ask you to hold me accountable. I ask you to make sure that I am living into these wise words. They say that is takes anywhere from 20-50 days to form a habit, this can be different for everyone. I want to make listening to God and pushing aside my anxieties a habit. Each day I want to wake up and say “Okay God, point me in the right direction for today.” He might tell you to do something as small as paying for the person behind you at Starbucks, or sitting by that one girl in the lunch room who seems to be by herself a lot. It could also be as big as buying a ticket to Thailand to serve in missions. The thing is, we never know what God is going to tell us to do and we never will know until we learn to listen to him day by day instead of year by year. Get ready to push aside your anxieties and have a whole world of God’s voice opened up for you.