I’m away on holiday for the week, and won’t be able to post until I return. In the mean time, here are some notes from Hearing God by Dallas Willard.
Are you seeking guidance from God?
Willard quotes advice from James Dobson (p199) “ I get down on my knees and say, ‘Lord I need to know what you want me to do, and I’m listening, please speak to me through my friends, books magazines I pick up and read, and through circumstances.’”
Dallas Willard’s recommendation having done this is then to go and do some kind of activity for the next hour that neither engrosses his attention nor forces him to be intensely focussed on the matter in question.
Dallas Willard’s foundational steps in seeking God’s guidance:
- Plan to do what we know to be morally right and commanded by God.
- We seek the fullness of the new life in Christ and venture in the proclamation of Christ and his kingdom.
- We meditate on the word of God.
- We are alert and attentive to what is happening in our lives
- We pray and speak to God constantly and specifically about the matters that concern us.
- Seek his guidance especially in those things you already understand.
- Using a plan listen carefully and deliberately to God
What if God does not speak?
- Ask God to inform you if there is a hindrance in you.
- Take counsel from two people.
If you find a cause – correct it mercilessly. If not – do what seems best.
And a final quote:
We will be spiritually safe in all use of the Bible if we followed a simple rule. Read with a submissive attitude. Read with a readiness to surrender all you are – all your plans, opinions possessions positions. Study as intelligently as possible with all available means but never study merely to find the truth. especially not just to prove something. Subordinate your desire to find the truth to your desire to do it,! Page 161