I just read something in the new John Eldredge book, that really is just what I want to say.....it is so nice to have somebody agree with me! :) No way could I say it better or even mess with it...so I am going to just quote it!
Walking with God - John Eldredge - Page 28, On Learning to Listen
We are invited to become followers of Jesus. Not just believers. Followers. There is a difference.
Follower assumes that someone else is doing the leading. As in "He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.....He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice." (John 10:3-4)
The Bible invites us to an intimacy with God that will lead us to the life we are meant to live. If we will follow Him.
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.... I will counsel you and watch over you." (Psalm 32:8)
God promises to guide us in the details of our lives. In fact, the Psalm continues: "Do not be like the horse or the mule which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you."
What would it be like to yield to Christ in the details of our lives? What would it be like to follow His counsel and instruction in all the small decisions that add up to the life we find ourselves living? It would be....... amazing!
All that was John Eldredge. Philip is back now. :)
This is just another voice, saying the same things......about the incredible importance it is to communicate with God. It is impossible to have a relationship with someone you never talk to....with someone who never talks back to you...with someone who is way up there, above and beyond and too busy and too important.
That's not the way it is supposed to be. We can hear His voice as we follow Him and talk to Him and ask our questions.....any questions! Remember, He is doing the leading......or supposed to be.....it is not about asking Him to follow us, bless our little plans and fulfill ever selfish desire of my life.
It is a whole lot better these days, with me following Him, than it ever was before when I was stepping out in faith believing....saying Bless me Lord in all these great things I want to do for You.