Daily Life, Holy Spirit, Listening to God

The Opinion That Matters

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth. John 14:16

Have you ever sought advice about something, asked 3 or 4 different people and got 3 or 4 different answers? Sometimes you end up more confused than you were at the start. Magazines and television also bombard us with product advice for everything from perfume and the ‘lynx effect’, to which car to buy and which lender to use. Every item now has starred reviews to help you make the best choice, but even they can be unhelpful with one person saying what great value it is and the next person telling you not to waste your money!

The reality for some of us is that we will happily spend more time trawling reviews for non-essentials than scouring God’s word for life’s necessities. God wants us to talk to him about everything that is going on in our lives. That could be what house to buy or rent, what university to go to, what job to take, what church role or organisation to help with, or which battle to fight and which one to walk away from. God has an opinion. We know this is true because he has a plan for each us, but we won’t know the plan, or his opinion, until we make him part of the conversation.

The Helper is there to guide our decisions, and the Spirit of Wisdom assures us by saying, I will make my words known to you” (Prov1:23). This is a promise to every child of God, for what God has planned for us is only fully revealed and understood by those who love and follow him. Our communion with God, through the Spirit, enables us to take hold of the spiritual truths that guide every area of our life.

As you search for guidance and direction but feel overwhelmed by lots of different voices telling you what to do, lift you voice to God and pray, ‘Holy Spirit, help me to discern your voice above all others.’ Rest assured, He will answer and his advice is definitely worth listening to.

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