us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on
". . .love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to
them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great,
and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful
and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
For we are God's workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us
God does direct the lives of His people; we can encourage one another about this. But being glib or simplistic doesn't really help. Some of us waited, tried different things, thought we heard, then later, decided we had not really heard. We might decide it is easier just to conclude that God actually does not speak.
Yet, I do want to be connected to the works of God and to know His will. It takes practice; the failures in “hearing” accurately should not deter us from continuing. We are to have the character of Christ who is our model. Jesus was attuned to the will of God so that His actions were always in concert with the work God had prepared for Him.
Scripture tells us
That being true, our attempts to know God's will, work best if we are fulfilling that destiny. When we walk on the road of service, God will guide our steps. If, instead, we
then we will not “hear” well, or what we do hear will be tainted with self-desires, not the desire to please the Father.
I Jn 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (NIV)