Inside: What if we had made a huge mistake and heard the voice of God wrong? We don’t admit often, but don’t we wonder about the jobs God sends our way?
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About 5 years ago, we felt God pricking our hearts to relocate across the state. It was an irrational idea because my husband owns a company where we lived. It would be two hours away if we relocated. We weren’t sure how the logistics of that would work, but God had it all planned out.
During this time, His power was visible. Land offers came into place, business logistics worked out, and the kids really liked the area. It seemed like every checkbox was being checked off and it was happening.
We witnessed God’s hand strongly in our life during this time.
When the boxes were emptied, and the kids were in school, I started to feel like I was treading water.
The power, which had got us through this journey, seemed to have left with the cardboard boxes to the recycling plant.
I started to feel like maybe I misinterpreted the nudge.
Could it have been my idea?
What if we had made a huge mistake and heard the voice of God wrong?
If it was God’s will, shouldn’t everything keep working out?
Consequently, I began to feel frustrated and weak; I was pathetic when I had started off filled with power and passion.
Our family left everything behind for this move. God should keep filling me with power.
Isn’t it easy to second guess and throw in the towel when it gets hard?
The Hard Times of Paul
Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not (2 Corinthians 11:24-26, NLT).
For one thing, I wonder if Paul ever questioned what God had him doing?
We don’t admit often, but don’t we wonder the path God wants us to walk? Sometimes the pain and struggle just lead us to give up.
These hard times Paul experienced, caused his faith to dig its roots in deeper.
He needed to lean on God, and trust what God was doing in his life.
When Paul felt powerless, God became powerful.
Is that true for you?
When I went through this season, I was weak. My mind and soul were struggling. In those moments, I needed God’s help like never before. I had to expectedly believe God would supply me strength, even if I couldn’t see or feel Him present.
To put it another way, God never disappointed me. Power always came and it never ran out.
When I look back, I see my faith roots spreading deeper and stronger. Looking ahead, I know when tough seasons hit, God will be there.
Discerning the Voice of God – Bible Study Book – Revised: How to Recognize When God SpeaksDiscerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is SpeakingThe Voice of God: How to Hear and Speak Words from GodWhisper: How to Hear the Voice of GodAwaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks
Five Tips for When We Think We Heard the Voice of God Wrong
- Admit we can’t do anything ourselves.
- Declare we need God’s power.
- Ditch pride, and ask for His power.
- Lean on God and trust Him.
- Believe in expectation, God is leading.
The season has since passed, and God keeps surprising us with clues about why He moved us here.
These little signs, humble me because I wish I wouldn’t have doubted so much.
Here’s the thing, I need to plant myself on the truth, God has it all worked out. The seasons of weakness are a great thing because they adhere us closer to Him.
Stay close! Stay snug! God is working it all out.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT).