How many times do we come to God when we seek a blessing, especially a material blessing? It may seem as though we come to Him for these material blessings more often than we come to Him for anything else. We ask Him for our portion without even realizing that He is our Portion.
We cannot let our circumstances keep us from honoring God. It is important for us to realize that, as Christians, we already have everything we need. We may not always have everything that we want, but our God provides everything that we will ever need (Philippians 4:19). David realized that if he had God, he had everything he would ever need.
I believe that God wants us to honor Him with what He has given us. Part of honoring God means that we listen to Him. This may seem strange to some, but prayer is actually a two-way conversation! So often we ask God for what we want and rush away without listening to what He is saying. He tries to speak to us throughout the day, but so many times we stay too busy to realize that He is speaking to us. God is speaking more than we are listening. Here are some of the ways in which He speaks:
First, God speaks through the life of Jesus Christ. As God in the flesh, Jesus gave us an example to live by. When making a decision, we should look to Jesus first, before we look anywhere else. He will never steer us wrong.
Second, God speaks to us through His word. The Bible is our compass that guides us through the wilderness of life. It is the rudder that steers the ship of every Christian. It is God's love letter to each and every one of us. It is the single most important book in history. It is one way in which God speaks to every Christian. Read it often. Read it carefully. Read it prayerfully. Live it out. Otherwise, we miss another opportunity to listen to God speak.
Third, God speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. God gives every Christian direction each and every day. Sometimes, it is simply beyond explanation. I cannot tell you why I feel the need to witness to the homeless man I see on the street. Sometimes God speaks to us, and it is beyond anything we can explain.
Fourth, God speaks to us through our conscience. This is mentioned by David in the passage above. God gave us a conscience so that it would point back to Him. So many have their consciences seared from years and years of ungodly living. It is only God who can fix the conscience of a man or woman after he or she allows the conscience to become seared. The good news is this: God will continue to speak to us, looking for the moment that we choose to listen to Him.
Finally, God speaks in a still, small voice. This is the manner in which He spoke to the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19:9-13) in the Old Testament. God still speaks in this way. We tend to become far too busy to take even a small portion of our day to sit and listen to His still, small voice. It is important that we take time away to listen to Him. Sit and watch the stars, and listen to God. Find one of your favorite places, go there, and listen to God. Whatever you do, remember to listen to God and to honor Him.