“Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.” --Jeremiah 42:3
The hardest part of dog training is showing the dog what you want it to do. You can’t explain anything to a dog. Instead, you have to capture good behavior and reward it. Then the dog learns which behaviors are desirable. For a dog, the hardest part of being obedient is figuring out what its person wants it to do. A faithful dog will follow directions if it understands the directions. Likewise, a faithful Christian will follow directions if s/he understands the directions. For us, the hardest part of being obedient if figuring out what God wants us to do. Some directions are clearly spelled out: “Love your neighbor as yourself,” for example (Mark 12:31). But so often we find ourselves at a crossroad without a map. We wonder, where should I go and what should I do? How should I love my neighbor? How can I serve the Lord? Scripture recommends that we pray to God to tell us. Then we wait patiently for God’s response. The prophet Jeremiah had to wait ten days to get an answer to his question (Jeremiah 42:7). We listen—because we can only be obedient once we know what God wants us to do.
Dear God, Tell me where I should go and what I should do. Amen