What does that mean? Well look to the apostles. Did Jesus call the learned, cultured, influential, and wealthy? Nope. Fishermen, sinners, tax collectors, and the like. He knew their hearts would open and hear Him. He taught them and guided them. He did not leave them unchanged. He does the same with me. I am surely in need of His constant guidance. I am earnest and enthusiastic in my determination to hear His voice and obey. I am also well aware that there are times when I think I hear His voice guiding me, but in reality I am only listening to my own voice.
These days I wait a bit before acting on what I think is His voice. I want to be sure that I am discerning correctly. That strategic shift is the result of many years of prayer. Here is what started me on that strategic shift. I was tutoring a student. She had learned her stuff and was well-prepared for her test. I mean she knew it at A+ level. She got a 70. She made dumb mistakes. She couldn’t believe it. We went through the test one problem at a time. I said ‘what happened. what were you thinking about when you did each of these problems you got wrong’? She said “I was hurrying. I was trying to be the first one done and I was trying not to freak out and be scared”. I said “Next time, purposely work slowly. Try to be the last one done with the test. There are no extra points for rushing through. ” And she started doing that. Immediately her scores went up. A month and a half later she was consistently scoring between an 88 and 100 on her tests.
I realized that I need to do the same thing with discerning and acting upon God’s voice. God is patient and steadfast. Each day He qualifies me a bit more. It is a journey. I am learning. God refines me like gold in a furnace…..or sugar in a sugar mill.
ta=dah===here is my sketch of a sugar mill. Nice leap to my sketch, eh?