Read: “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)
Reflect: In preparation to write this weekend, I found myself stumped. For months I have been seeking God’s guidance about a very important decision I need to make. There are two absolute choices, and I don’t know which one to take. I have really struggled communicating how I feel about this. In my search on how to explain my feelings during this season of waiting in silence, I found this blog excerpt that brought me to tears:
Many times the silent periods in my walk with God came after very difficult periods. At times, I’ve learned, I can’t hear God because my emotions are clouded with the pain of my past. In those days, what I most need is to heal my emotions so I can think clearly, discern His voice, and prepare for His next assignment. This may take processing hurts with others, extending forgiveness, or admitting sin to renew my closeness with God. (Edmonson, Ron (2017). 7 Things To Do When You are Waiting on God retrieved from ronedmondson.com)
I realized I’ve been so eager for what God has next for me, that I haven’t fully emotionally closed the door on the difficult period I just experienced. I haven’t been able to discern his voice about this next chapter because he wants me to resolve my past issues so I can be ready to move forward in his will.
Respond: Are you waiting to hear God’s voice about a decision? Pray without ceasing; don’t give up on seeking God’s answer for you. Address any past hurts you may have so God can help you discern what decisions to make going forward.
Pray: Lord, thank you for placing the right words in front of me just when I needed them and for showing me that I need emotional healing that comes before hearing your voice. Remove the fog of past hurts that continues to hang us up. Let us hear your voice. Show us whether to go to the right or to the left.