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Ask God what you should do

Sometimes people want God on their side. They don’t understand that this view might be offensive to God. They have placed themselves at the center of their universe, and they want God to orbit them and their desires.

It's much better when we acknowledge that God is rightfully at the center. Rather than asking God to be on our side, it’s better if we ask if we can be on God’s side. We ask God what God would like us to do.

Then, having asked what God would like us to do, we take action on any impression that seems to be from God.

If you don’t sense anything specific, do anything God has told everyone to do. Heal the sick. Cleanse the lepers. Help people in trouble. Love. Announce God’s good news. Raise the dead. Search for lost sheep. Without too much trouble you’ll be able to create a long list of things God has called you to do. (And if you can’t create a list from memory, read some of the stories about Jesus in the Bible and see what captures your attention.)

When God speaks it is often a still small voice. The faintest whisper of an impression. As you get practice doing things God has asked you to do, you’ll have many opportunities to see the value of it.

The video below tells about Balak (a king) and Balaam (a prophet), two people in Numbers 22 and 23, who had to learn this lesson, that we should not ask God to bless our plans. Rather, we should ask God for God’s ideas about what we should do.

God, thank you that your plans for us are so much better than we could ever imagine. Help us to faithfully do what is best in your eyes. Thank you. Amen.

Reflection questions

What impressions do you have of things that God would like you to do?

What are some things that God or Jesus has told everyone to do?



Many people want God to bless their plans. But what would God like you to do? Do that! You'll be better off.

This video explores this idea while looking at Balak's request for Balaam to curse Israel, from Numbers 22 and 23.



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La Jolla Lutheran Church is 14 miles north of downtown San Diego. It is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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