From: Rich Carlson
Date: August 19, 2020
Subject: It's August 19; Good Morning Union



“…This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Wouldn’t it be nice to know “the way” God wants for us to go? I would love to know “God’s will” every step of the way. My verse for this morning helped me know how to improve my understanding of that very thing. Here’s what it says:

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”

  1. “Whether you turn to the right or the left”- That meant to me this morning that I’m moving not waiting. Sometimes my greatest frustrations come when I don’t do anything, or am afraid to make a choice because I’m not SURE if it is exactly what God’s wants me to do. Ellen White says “Commit your ways to God in the morning. Make this your very first work… Say, ‘I lay all my plans at your feet to be given up or carried out as Your will indicates.’” That means I have plans; that I’m moving and not just waiting. I give my plans to Him, am willing to change those plans IF He indicates so, otherwise I’m moving ahead with those plans with my life committed to Him.
  2. “you will hear a voice behind you”- Elijah heard a lot of big impressive noises as he wrestled with trying to understand God’s plan for his life. But ultimately what he heard was a “still small voice.” I have to put myself in a situation where I can “be still,” and when I do I can “know that He is God.” I actively wait on the Lord and listen for His still small voice. Quiet time with God is not so much about getting what I want, but just training myself to hear him as I’m moving through life. That’s why devotional time with God is so important; listening, meditating, connecting with God.
  3. “This is the way walk in it”- He WILL guide me as I commit my ways to Him. Solomon said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He WILL direct your path.” I take the time, I clear my head of all the stuff, I listen quietly, I learn to hear His still small voice, and then with confidence I move through life. When I come to a decision, left or right, I believe God will guide me and he will show me the way to go; THEN I need to be brave enough to “walk in it!” It all comes, I believe, not when I’m looking for an answer but I’m listening for His voice.

 

Have a great day training yourself to listen,

Pastor Rich

 

Quote for the day:      "Some people could be given an entire field of roses, and only see the thorns. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude is a key component to joy."     Amy Weatherly