I’m going to start a series called “Devotionals” – where I share Bible verses that inspire me, call me out, and overall help me in my ultimate goal of building His Kingdom.
This devotional hit home for me.
Although I know God speaks to me through His Word, my wife, Pastor Rick and other teachers at Saddleback, godly people like my friend Dean Soto, and through circumstances…I always want to hear His actual voice; the literal way that sheep hear their shepherd’s voice.
I know that it doesn’t always happen like that – because that would just be my own agenda and not His will; and I am thankful for the way God communicates to me at all through the above means.
I mean – it’s more than I deserve. As I’m typing this, I realize that I create a lot of static between what He communicates and what I receive because I forget Him, I depend on worldly things instead of Him, I put Him to the side and treat Him as an afterthought, and overall – I just don’t seek Him with all of my heart, when He’s clearly stated in the Bible that this is the way. Simple pimple (but not easy squeezy).
This week, I want to increase the frequency and quality of my conversations with Him. I want to consult Him first and throughout everything I do. Before, during, and after calls, meetings, conversations, good and bad news, unknown and confusing circumstances, etc. – anything and everything I do, think, and feel.
For me, this can be achieved through one simple task: Taking more walks and consulting with Him between tasks. This breaks up my brainless reactivity to what I’m doing and creates a gap where God can come in and help recalibrate my thoughts and actions. I can give Him an update of what’s going on, what’s on my brain, and what’s to come – and ask Him to direct my next moves.
I can ask Him questions like: “What do you know I should do next?” “Is this the most important thing I should be doing? If not – what is?” And “You got this, right?”
And I can tell Him things like: “I’m confused, God; you’re gonna have to handle this one;” “Thy will be done, not mine;” and “Thanks in advance for what You’re about to do.”
Nothing matters more than strengthening my relationship with my Heavenly Father. He wants this. I want this AND need this. My work matters when I’m doing it with and for Him, and is a waste when it’s not. I make better decisions when He is my conscience – who knows everything and cares about me – and not my broken, human, inconsistent, selfish, limited wisdom. He is always on my side and the most effective weapon against enemies – especially myself. His power source is healthy and unlimited – it’d be foolish not to plug into His outlet instead of running on my own battery life. And He provides all of my needs and handles all my battles – regardless of how hard I try to work for them myself; as being His son means that outcome follows obedience – not sweat and stress.
This week – as I work on improving my health, tending to my family, building companies, and closing deals – God is my personal trainer, the head of my household, my only shareholder, and my operating partner. I want to hear His voice.