One week ago, we had our SFC fellowship. One of the activities we had is to walk a course while being blindfolded by following the directions given by your partner. Part of the challenge are the distractions throughout the activity like the voices that give other directions, the gnawing feeling that something unfavorable is in your feet, the course itself where you are required to crawl or jump, and the trust that you have to give to your partner who is giving the directions.
Living this life is like walking that course while being blindfolded. Life requires us to occasionally crawl or jump so we can move forward. The course is unknown and we do not know what lies ahead so we follow the voices that give us direction. But the important thing is to follow the voice that matters. Sometimes it’s hard to ignore the distractions in life, so we tend to follow more of them than what really matters. Sometimes, we just don’t recognize the voice that matters at all. Here are a few pointers that the speaker talked about:
1. Recognize the voice of the Lord. With the many voices that tell us what to do and where to go, it is important to recognize the voice of the Lord. To do that, we have to establish and protect our prayer time. The keywords are establish and protect. Nothing should interfere the time you set for the Lord, not even your work, nor your family, nor your friends.
2. Listen to His voice in the things we like most. The Lord tends to voice out His message in the things that we do and like most. Maybe it’s in the music that we listen to, the book that we read, the quiet that we indulge ourselves into, or the people that we talk to. When I meet new people, I tend to ask myself, “What is it that I can learn from this person?”
3. Discern and act upon it. Whatever it is that you are going through, whatever important decision that you will make, consult the Lord first. Discern. But sometimes, we already establish our own will that when we hear His voice and don’t agree with what He is saying, we tend to ignore it and do our own way anyway. I often experience this personally, so this is a constant prayer “Lord let Your will be mine, and mine be yours.”
And if today you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts (Psalm 95).