Thursday, June 12, 2014
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
Two of the questions that stress people out the most is "why" and "what's next". We are trying to figure out "why" something happened or "what's next" for us to do. We can spend days, weeks, months, and years pondering these two questions which can lead to many problems in our lives. They can lead to high blood pressure, immune system disorders, shingles, diabetes, depression, and anxiety. Our intellect assures us that God knows the answer, but we can't stop the crazy, confusing thoughts from whirling around in our heads.
There is a solution to this dilemma.
Here are some ways you can find peace and figure out what God wants you to know in this season:
1.) Know who God is- If we don't know who God is or how God works, its hard for us to trust in him. We learn God by reading his word, the Bible. We learn what the scriptures tell us about God and his promises for us. Deuteronomy 31:8 tells us- The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” But, if we don't know God's word we can't hold onto precious scriptures that can help in our time of need.
2.) Incorporate daily spiritual practices- Learning the discipline of incorporating daily spiritual practices is essential in our lives. Just like we have schedules for other things we do, we have to schedule our time with God. Spiritual practices is time that's set apart for reading and meditating on scripture, praise/ worship, prayer and meditation. Having these spiritual practices as part of our lives during challenging times gives us have a place of safety and refuge. What would normally have us in a state of confusion and panic, we will handle with wisdom, peace, and confidence.
3.) Get it out of you- Whatever our questions or frustrations, we need to get them out of our head and deal with them. Releasing the issue by writing in a journal, telling a wise friend or accountability partner, or going to therapy can help us see things from a different perspective. The giants in our lives can decrease in size and we realize it's nothing but something small. Writing, talking it out and sealing the situation with prayer leaves you feeling renewed and valued.
4.) Let it be- Sometimes the problem is we are trying to figure something out or are worried about what's going to happen next, when that's not where our focus should be. We can be consumed with what's next or why this or that happened instead of focusing on the solutions or issues God wants for us. There are moments when we need to take a cleansing breath and be with the Spirit of God. This will help us calm down and brings clarity. Learn the art of letting it be until God reveals what's next. Be still and see how naturally things work out for you. Learning to flow with the Spirit of God will ease many loads and lead to peace and prosperity. There are some things we don't need to make happen.
The ways to figure out what's next and why something has happened is learning who and how to trust God. When we incorporate knowledge, faith, and obedience, we will have everything we need. So, the next time you're wondering what to do follow the steps above. You may find in that moment everything you need to know. And you'll see that a life in God has you knowing not only what's next, but what to do NOW!