Erica Schmitz

Taking Orders From Captain

Erica Schmitz
Taking Orders From Captain

Check out the devotional I wrote for camp!

Something that has impacted me so much this year is listening to God. Something as simple how much influence God has in your day purely by having an open mind and listening to Him is what makes the difference. I know personally that this past year, it’s been a learning experience. A lot of things for me have changed in my daily life and, If I hadn’t listened to God, I know that I would not be where I am today, and I would not be the person I am today.

I want you to read this verse to a song,

“I will walk on the water if you will call out to me. I will do the impossible, you are the God of all, I still believe.”

When you think about those words, they are a powerful declaration of your willingness to follow God. But a key part of that is the part where it says, “if you will call out to me”.

In that verse of Jason’s song, it says, “I will walk on the water if you will call out to me” it is simply showing that you are willing to do what God calls to you.

In Matthew 14 it says,

25 Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Can you see the immense faith that Peter needed to have to listen to Jesus? That’s the kind of radical faith that you put forward as a Christ follower.

When you are looking to Listen to God, you will come into three different voices. One, the voice of God, another the voice of your own desires, and finally the voice of the devil. I know that sometimes it is difficult to know what is God’s voice in a world like today’s, what to listen for, or how to hear his voice.

  • Be willing to Listen. Listening to God starts with one huge step. Being willing to listen to God. This is different than normal listening because you can’t just pick and choose what you want to listen to. This means making time to dig into the word and quiet your mind. God’s voice can come at any time of the day, not just during a quiet time, but anytime.
  • In your heart, be truly seeking God. Human nature is selfish desire, but you have to trust that the Holy Spirit will work within you to draw you closer to God and listen to his voice. When listening to God you have, to be honest with Him, have to tell Him.
  • Read your Bible. When you read your Bible, you become closer to God. You get to know the true loving heart of God. You begin to be able to recognize the different teachings of God, this is vital to listening to God, especially when you get back to your lives, so you can decipher when it’s the voice of God.
  • Have Patience. I believe that one of the hardest things to do is to be patience with God. God has divine timing for everything. What we think is the best timing, may not be his timing. Ultimately, you may not hear something immediately, but that is what having faith in God is about. It’s about relying on Him.
  • Obey God. So this is probably one of the more difficult parts, but this is what God says in the book of Isaiah, chapter 55 verse 8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ declares the Lord.”

Faith truly takes complete willingness and complete devotion.  This is your week to clear your head of all the different things that are happening back home. This is the one week out of the entire year where you can completely abandoned everything at home, have no distractions and focus completely on God.

I want you to sit here with an open heart, possibly close your eyes, or hold your hands out, and say to God,

I am listening.

Ask Him for the ability to recognize the difference between his voice and your thoughts.

Listen to what God has to say, whatever you need to do, do it with the Glorification of God in mind.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).