We live in a very loud, very chaotic world.
I think we all recognize it, and are collectively creating movements that help us silence the noise, and find peace. We search to find it within ourselves, mostly, whatever “expression” that may look like.
That said, as believers, the holy pressure is on to discern God’s Word from our own. To discern His voice in our lives from our desires and our perspectives. And friends, this is a good thing. A very good thing.
But I am shocked at how many believers become discouraged when possibly, maybe, they get it wrong… Listen, I get it. Being wrong sucks. But, as believers, we have to allow room for our humanity. Sometimes, we just miss the mark. Sometimes, we mishear or misinterpret Jesus. Sometimes we were SURE we heard Jesus, when it was that pesky heart of ours being deceitful again.
And friends, this is okay. This is good. It’s part of our growing pains with the Lord. It’s part of our journey, our learning process. Moments like this are how we become more accurate in discerning God’s voice. It comes through holy trial and error as we continue to set our faces like flint before Him. Each miss is an opportunity to commune with Jesus. It’s all part of growing and learning. And friends, we never ever stop doing that.
The miss doesn’t have to break you.
It can actually guide you. And I’m overwhelmed at how discouraged we have culturally become (Christians) over this. We feel like misses or failures or mistakes define us – WHEN THEY DON’T. They’re just a reminder that we are still humans, fully and wholly dependent on a perfect Christ who is eternally patient with us.
This is an encouragement today, friends. Somewhere along the line, we will miss it. We will be inaccurate as we discern God’s voice, we will think we discern something when we don’t. And when that day comes, face it head on. Keep seeking and pressing and growing from it. Don’t just walk away.