Discernment is a part of our daily lives. It is the ability to judge well. We navigate hundreds of internal choices each day, distinguishing what is best for ourselves, from choices of what food we would like to what direction we should drive to work. These decisions come from an internal gyroscope that is formed by how we understand ourselves, our role, and how the world sees us. The Enneagram is a helpful tool that can assist us in understanding how wonderfully each of us has been created.
I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works; and that my soul knows it very well.
Discernment with God focuses on the presence and activity of His work in our lives, giving us direction and understanding. Here are a few brief explanations of foundational places to begin prayerfully discerning the Lord’s leading:
The Bible is the inspired, active, living words of God for our lives and the world. He didn’t speak these words once for them to just fall to the ground lifeless, rather the opposite. His word accomplishes and continues to accomplish His will in our lives and in this world. They are everlasting words where each jot and tittle will be fulfilled. He works within His word.
The Body of Christ – the Church
Corporate worship is a rhythm of movements to experience and learn the attributes of God with others – hearing, expressing, and receiving. We are encouraged, exhorted, and empowered to live into the fullness of God’s intent for His body and our lives. It is beautiful! Christ died for the church.
Creation declares His glory – the sunsets, mountains, rivers, and seas. It all declares His glory. Singing birds, blowing winds, the moon and the placement of the stars are His handiwork just as the laugh of a toddler or the weathered gentle smile of a senior. God is active all around us and when we pause to recognize this activity, he can give way for our ears to hear, our eyes to see, and our hearts to be stirred toward Him.
The Lord speaks to us individually. The Holy Spirit is our counselor and we are His temple. God marks out a journey of good works for us to walk in that were fashioned by His craftsmanship in our created lives. In our uniqueness, the Lord speaks to us in ways we hear and understand His invitations.
He speaks through others as others share their hearts with us. Remember each of us is created in His Image. We bear His name to one another and to the world. We live in community with one another as the body of Christ.
When I understood that God desires to speak to me so I can hear Him, It stirred my curiosity to ask, “What does He want to say to me?” He longs to show you something this day, maybe even this moment…
Those who seek Him will find Him.
“Lord, open my ears to hear and give sight to my eyes to hear & see you.”