The following blog was one written by my twin brother Ben that I found very insightful and helpful!
Do you ever feel like you hear voices (not necessarily audible) that are giving you conflicting instructions? Like when a job opportunity opens up but takes you away from family. Or when you want to be generous with your finances but know the financial strain it could cause. How do you determine what is of God and what is of personal comfort or satisfaction? I constantly picture the cartoons with the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. Truth is, I’ve found myself in these situations more often than I’d like to admit. And while I don’t have all of the answers — there’s certainly some things I’ve learned over the years. Like the voices that are the loudest aren’t always the right ones. And the ones that seem right at the time don’t always yield the results you want in the long term. But the truth is — the answers to your uncertainty can always be found in God’s Word. And through prayer and petition. 2 Timothy 1:14 says “Guard The good deposit that was entrusted to you. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” God is letting us in on a little secret. How awesome is this!?! Write God’s Word on your heart. Study His Word and put to practice His instructions. By doing this, you’ll be begin to choke out the wrong answers like a weed does to fresh grass. It’s really simple if you think about it — Get in God’s Word. Pray. Fast (if you feel led). And the right voices will become louder.
Some of you may say — “I’ve tried all of that and it still didn’t work” or “That sounds good on paper (or in a blog) but doing that in REAL LIFE is a bit more trying.” I’m not arguing the validity of your trials. But I’m telling you to rest in His comfort. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” In fact, if your struggle is patience, I urge you to read Psalm 46:1-11 and be reminded of God’s desire to be our refuge and strength. Our worldly views sometimes taint our views on life’s purpose. Every time there’s a problem, we feel the need to have an immediate fix/answer. It’s human nature. It’s how we are wired. But the radical way of approaching your question(s) is to constantly remind yourself of the journey. Many times your answers will be found there.