The other day I was chatting with a client who recently graduated from his post-secondary program and I inquired about his career plans. He shared that he has been waiting to hear from God about his next steps and was getting a little impatient. I asked if he has been praying and reading his bible. He admitted to praying regularly but not so with reading the bible.
“How do you hear God when you don’t read His Word?” I asked.
“Through sermons and book studies.” said my client.
His response did not surprise me because I, along with many others in Christian circles, have done the same. And I wondered, are we staying in the waiting room of making big decisions too long because we’ve been out of tune with Him?
In John 10:27 Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
And in Matthew 22:37 He commanded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Is it possible we are more comfortable hearing our pastor’s voice or favourite author? Have we truly been loving God with OUR heart, OUR soul, and OUR mind or have we been doing so with our teacher’s heart, soul and mind? Do we know His voice if we don’t train ourselves to hear it through His Word? Are we possibly avoiding greater intimacy with Him by not immersing ourselves in scripture?
We often struggle to hear God or discern His will for our lives. We are often encouraged to turn to sermons, bible teachers, books, friends and family rather than opening the bible to hear from our Master Himself. God has revealed Himself in scripture and is speaking but perhaps we’re not listening, at least not from the source. There’s a place and tremendous value in surrounding ourselves with godly teachers but I’ve been convicted about personally getting into the God-breathed scriptures as the Bereans in Acts were shown to do regularly.
Even though I have been a believer for decades, I can’t say I have been the most diligent bible student. Maybe it’s because the word ‘student’ promotes a more academic lens of reading scripture. However, serving in a women’s discipleship group at my church amplified the desire to open God’s word regularly as homework integrated heart work. We recently completed a study on the book of Genesis and we all gained some new insights. As a woman donning multiple hats (in family, business, church, and community), I often seek God’s will and calling for this season in my life. I decided to look to Genesis for inspiration.
When God separated light from darkness, day and night, He created time. The living things were created for our sustenance and we are to have dominion over them. After creation, God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. I believe this calling is beyond making babies. God calls us to steward all that He has gifted us for His glory. We are called to protect and multiply all that He has entrusted us, including the gospel, time, health, family, finances, community, and the earth. To have dominion over these things means we ought to be equipped to manage them properly.
God takes care of us by minding the details. I would like to challenge us to multiply not just in quantity but in quality. How do we multiply in quality if we lack gratitude and respect for God and His gifts? When we take our health and family for granted, we are being ungrateful. When we squander our time or finances, we show disregard.
So what is God’s calling for us based on His Word in the beginning of Genesis? Bring glory to God with proper stewardship. It can be in the area of the gospel, time, health, family, finances, community, the earth, etc. If you are doing that—Good! If you’re also helping others do the same—Great! Whether you’re a mom, a teacher, a dental hygienist, an accountant, a pastor…May God empower you as you seek to bring glory to His name in each detail of your life as you read about Him one verse at a time! Blessings!
Born in Malaysia and raised in Chilliwack, Yvonne Yua holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She is happily married to her husband of 12 years and a proud mom to a 10-year-old daughter. Having a pastor for a father and a pastor for a husband, Yvonne finds her passion serving the women at Coquitlam Alliance Church. For the past decade, she has empowered individuals and families by teaching them how money works and representing them in the financial industry.
Yvonne is a champion for underdogs like orphans & widowed mothers of Ethiopia through Petros Network, abandoned children with special needs at International China Concern, men and women recovering from addictions & abuse at Wagner Hills and Union Gospel Mission, and business-minded kids in Tinypreneurs. She was recently named a 2019 Mompreneur® Award of Merit finalist.
Learn more about what Yvonne does at www.yvonneyua.com and connect with her on Instagram @yvonneyua and www.facebook.com/yvonne.yua.