So lately I’ve been trying to hear God’s plans for me. My plans seem to be falling apart day after day and I’m learning to trust the master planner who’s got me figured out. I know God has outstanding plans for me which are of good and not of evil (Jer 29:11). But my over analytical mind wants to know what these plans are and how I can draft my own plans to match up.
Thankfully some devotionals have been pointing at pulling away and spending time alone with God. Of course, this is one of the things that ought to be done in order to hear from God. But then the real struggle for me comes when I’m alone and ‘pulled away’ from the crowd. The voices in my head are so loud these days. Maybe they have always been loud and I just didn’t notice them.
So here I am trying to connect with God but my thoughts keep blocking the airwaves. At every point, it seems at least 5 thoughts are fighting for prominence. Funny how they could be flimsy thoughts ranging from what accessories go with a gray shirt to what hairstyle should be done next month. And of course the usual reminder to call some family members or stick to a dieting plan. I have so many loose ended thoughts that I get lost in the tangled web a lot.
How do I hear God’s gentle and soft voice amidst the chaos in my mind? How do I get the wisdom I need to lead a life pleasing to Him when the voices in my head are so loud?
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. -2 Cor 10:4-6
Bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ! Wow! That verse says it all, I would want more than anything to bring my thoughts captive. To decide what to think and when to do so. I copied the surrounding verses so we see that our weapons for this warfare are not carnal. You may try all you can to bring your thoughts to subjection and clear your mind when one little thought will free its way asking you if you left the light switch on or off. From there you begin to calculate the electric bill for the month!
- Our weapons are mighty in God *pause*. They are not mighty by you but in the God who can use a stone to bring down a giant (1 Sam 17:49)
- And every thought should be brought captive to the obedience of Christ. Whenever your thoughts or the voices in your head seem to be coming between you and God, remember to bring them immediately to obedience of Christ.
I pray this helps you in your quiet time and in your quest to build a relationship with God. Remember communication is an important foundation for every relationship. And hey, God wants to talk to you. He has been talking. Just turn off the voices in your head and listen!
Have a blessed week!