Using a spiritual map to hear from God

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Hearing from God”
Our Bible verse for today: “I will remember the Lord’s work; yes, I will remember your ancient wonders. I will reflect on all you have done and meditate on your actions.” Psalm 77:11-12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Using a spiritual map to hear from God ”
This morning I want to return us to the example of my friends I mentioned in a previous devotional who serve on the Samaritan’s Purse medical disaster relief team. I can’t say that they had an actual spiritual map, on paper, which they used to help them understand God’s direction on about what to do, but I do know they utilized the concept of a spiritual map to help them understand what God was saying to them.
I had the privilege of being part of that conversation in those early years as they were prayerfully thinking through the situation. They considered the fact that God had led them into the field of emergency medicine and then to decades of experience in it. God doesn’t waste experience like that, He uses it for future purposes. They also considered how God blessed them in some other special ways, which put them in the unique position of having the freedom and flexibility in their lives to be able to drop everything and quickly respond to a disaster situation in another part of the world. Then they thought about how God had, over the years, involved them in both domestic and international short-term missions and humanitarian relief work, and how they had both developed a deep love and passion for that kind of work.
Taking all of that into consideration, along with the clear teaching of Scripture for God’s people to aid others as the opportunity presents itself, along with what they were hearing in prayer, and the confirmation they were getting from others they sought counsel from, the way forward was clear – God was telling them to serve in that special and unique way for this season of their lives. (Since then, God has repeatedly confirmed that call for them as they have served in that capacity.)
This is the concept of a spiritual map being used in an actual life situation. Your circumstances and history are probably very different from theirs, but the concept works the same way in your life as it did for my friends. To help illustrate that, tomorrow we will consider one final example of how to apply the concept of a spiritual map in order to understand what God is saying to you. Then we will move on to thinking about how God speaks to us through the counsel of close friends and Christian leaders. For now, I encourage you to begin constructing your own spiritual map. You will find it to be a very helpful tool for understanding how God is guiding and directing you.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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