Do we always get it right? The will of God for our lives! I don’t know about you but I haven’t always found it easy to know what God wants me to do. I have had experiences where I am absolutely sure I know His will for my life. I have told anyone and everyone who would listen to me what it was the Lord wanted me to do. In some cases I was spot on the money with it and other times I have missed it completely.
Recently I have drawn comfort from a statement I read about Hudson Taylor. His assistant recorded that Taylor said to him that when he was young he knew the Lord’s will for his life with a certainty and could make decisions easily. But now as he was older he said it is so hard to discern the Lord’s direction. Whew! If someone as immortalized as Hudson Taylor can struggle in his ability to hear clearly the Lord’s voice in his latter years, I have a hope. The one thing I have seen over the years is the voice of the Lord does not get louder and more succinct as I had hoped. I thought as I dealt with the garbage and immaturity in my life that I would be clearing away the hindrances to hearing Him loudly and clearly. Instead His voice has gotten softer, less distinct, and even briefer than before. Instead of a whisper all I get is a wisp and a sense of faith that I must act on that. I also realise that time and experience can cloud my ability to hear. I presume that this is the will of God because it has happened this way numerous times before.
My path over the last two years has not been easy. The times that I thought I had the mind of the Lord have turned out to be wrong. Then the most obscure and illogical ideas have been right. In the midst of being wrong He does bring good out of it but still the overall decision was incorrect.
As I have struggled with my failures to hear I felt He said to me: “Obedience is what I desire, not faultlessness, flawlessness or perfection.” Obedience is a heart attitude that wants to please Him. It is the same attitude that created Ishmael in an attempt to fulfil the promise of God. They acted in faith and wholeheartedly with a heart to please and obey God. He didn’t condemn Abraham and Sarah for what they did. In fact He calls Abraham the father of faith. Obedience pleases God more than sacrifices. In the midst of trying to obey we will make mistakes but He is ok with that. We often learn so much more from our mistakes than we ever do from our successes. The Lord looks upon the heart and He only desires an attitude of obedience.