“Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NET)
We were peacefully rolling down highway KS36 toward our Boondockers Welcome host’s site in Burr Oak, KS. We only had about 15 miles to go and Katie was dozing in the passenger’s seat when we sailed past a sign for a pullout noted as the “Geographical Center of the USA.” With the next day being unscheduled, we decided to check this out!
Yes, we were at the geographical center of the US, but what about being at the center of God’s will? We can easily drive to a geographical location, but how do we get to the center of His will for our lives?
One of the eyewitnesses to the life of God’s Son recorded Jesus as saying the only way to God the Father was through Him, the Son of God (see verse above). There is no other way. We may like to think there are many ways to God, but I personally put a lot of weight in the account of one who witnessed it all go down! He heard the Son of God say these words and wrote them down for us today.
Many people have placed their faith in Christ, but still struggle to find the center of God’s will. Perhaps they haven’t learned how to listen to God, to hear His “voice.” He really does speak to us, but not necessarily in the way we are accustomed to hearing.
- We have to spend time in His Word (the Bible); He speaks to us there.
- We have to become sensitive to His Spirit; He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit.
- We have to listen to other mature, godly Christians; He speaks to us through them.
- We have to learn from the circumstances in our life; He speaks to us through those as well.
He also speaks to us through:
- His creation: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness.” (Psalm 19:1–2, NET) and “For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So, people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NET)
- Our difficulties:
- C.S. Lewis noted that “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain).
- “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.” (Psalm 119:67–68, ESV)
- The blessings He gives us: “All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights …” (James 1:17, NET)
Yes, visiting the geographical center of the USA was fun and interesting. But, knowing we are in the center of God’s will for our lives is much more satisfying and peace-giving. That peace comes from listening to Him each and every day. Are you in the center of His will for your life and listening to Him? 🤠🤗