Now What Should I Do?

When I finished college I was certain I had the start of my career all worked out. I had a senior level contact in the company I wanted to work with. The company had invited me in for testing. I was excited and all set to start. But God had other plans. In a miraculous way, God not only closed the door on this job, He slammed it shut. I was devastated. You see, I had a plan but God had another plan.

I often think about the life of Joseph that we read about in the Bible. I suspect his plans didn’t include being thrown into a well, sold into slavery, and placed into prison. Yet, God had another plan for him. God’s plan for Joseph developed a young man with few skills into a man who would lead most of Egypt. Joseph followed the plan of God, a very difficult plan, for thirteen years before God’s plan finally made sense to Joseph.

How about you? Did you think you had it all figured out and now find your plans have fallen apart? Maybe your dreams for your family aren’t working out the way you planned. Perhaps reports from your doctor have you wondering how your future will take shape. Maybe your career plans have fallen apart and you’re wondering what to do next. You see, God always has a plan but sometimes it’s another plan…not the one you developed.

So let me encourage you today to relax when your plans aren’t working. Listen to what God is telling you. Don’t be like those who just run in circles trying to figure out what to do next. These folks are anxious, they can’t sleep, and they call everyone looking for advice.

Instead, follow what God has said in Psalm 46, verse 10. Here is the verse:

Be still, and know that I am God!

Now there is something to think about. When your plans don’t work out, be still. Relax. Release the controls. God has things under His control.

Always remember that when your plans start to unravel, God always has another plan.

I’ll See If I Can Fit You On My Calendar

When is the last time God spoke to you? I know that question might sound a bit odd to you but shouldn’t you be having regular conversations with God? This is a relationship, right? In relationships we communicate so how is your communication going with God?

People often ask me this question: How do I know what God wants me to do? My response is the same. I simply ask folks, “What are you doing to hear God speak to you?”

In a world so full of email, texting, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and all the other technological ways to communicate, no wonder many of us are missing out on hearing God. We check our phone every time it dings for the latest status update but we won’t spend time with God.

Even the Psalmist, David, recognized the need to spend time talking with God. Psalm 27, verse 8 says this:

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

So how do we talk with God? Psalm 46, verse 10 gives us a great place to start the conversation. Here is what this verse tells us:

Be still and know that I am God.

Right there in that small verse is the key to the start of the conversation…be still. That means we need to intentionally set aside time to talk with God. That shouldn’t be a surprise to us. In our earthly relationships we make time to talk with folks. We get together for coffee, lunch, holidays or a variety of reasons just to talk and be together. David tells us we should be doing the same thing to talk with God.

It is in the stillness that you can begin to hear God speak with you. It is in that time that you set aside just to develop the relationship between you and God that you will hear Him speak.

So, be like David who desired to hear God’s voice and like David simply say, Lord, I’m coming. God, I want to hear your voice. Set aside time for the conversation and don’t let anything disturb that special time. You might be surprised by what you’ve been missing and by what God has to say.

What Am I Missing?

This week I was reading about researchers who study folks that just can’t seem to put down their electronic devices.  You know the people I’m talking about…those who just can’t stay off Facebook, are constantly checking their phones for the latest text message, or just can’t stop watching their email.  We see them at restaurants checking their electronic devices while they eat.  We see them walking down the street paying little attention to traffic as they check their devices.  In fact, I recently watched a video of a woman sending a text message as she walked right off an ocean pier into the water.

Researches now have even given this behavior a name.  They call it FOMO, which stands for “fear of missing out”.  Several researchers believe that some people are so afraid that they are missing something important that they just can’t put down their electronic devices for fear of missing out.  They can’t stand the thought that they might miss out on the latest Facebook status, miss a text, or might miss that important work email.

When is the last time you had spiritual FOMO?  When is the last time you had a fear of missing out on something that God had just for you? Are you so busy running from appointment to appointment that you don’t even have time to think about God’s plans for you?  Can you even remember the last time you asked God what he has in store for you?

It’s not a surprise to God that our human nature keeps pushing us to do more…often occupying ourselves with tasks that have nothing to do with eternity.  In Isaiah 46:10 God says, be still and know that I am God.  You see God knows sometimes we just need to disengage and “be still” in the presence of God.  It is in those moments we can listen to God and make certain that we aren’t missing out on what He has for each of us.

So during this busy holiday season may I ask that you experience some spiritual FOMO, disengage from your daily routine and simply be still in the presence of God? Ask God if you are missing out on something that He has in store for you.  You may just receive the best gift you can imagine.