It can feel overwhelming to think about being led by God. You might wonder, how do I hear from Him? Does hearing from God take being some kind of spiritually mature person?
Hearing God and being led by God doesn’t take 87 hours of fasting and praying. God wants to lead you. His leadership is available for everyone who believes in Him and is willing to listen to what He has to say. However, it can feel a little strange to think about being led by someone you can’t see, and it can feel weird to trust the leading of Him.
So how do we know His leading? A few days ago, we went over some basic steps to being led by Him. You can learn more here.
God wants to lead you, He’s willing to lead you, but most of the time, His leading isn’t going to be in a dream, vision, or Jesus Himself showing up in your room and speaking to you. The majority of the leading is going to be through peace in your spirit.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12 (NIV)
What does this look like in real life? Well, let’s just say for example that you’re faced with a decision. Maybe you’re wondering if you should go with your friends on vacation or stay home during Thanksgiving break at school. How do you know what decision is right?
One way you can find out is to pray about each choice. Then get quiet and see which choice you have the most peace about. That is a way that the Holy Spirit leads us is through peace. So if you pray about your options and you have peace about one option over another, know that often God leads you through peace.