Column: Do not sin


“When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord,” Psalm 4:4-5.

How often, when we are disturbed, do we reach out for help? We may feel desperate and not really care who is sending the help. We simply want the pain, the confusion or the misunderstanding to end.

If we’re not careful, the help we reach for may not be help at all, but only provide temporary relief or even more disturbance. So how does a person know whether the help that has appeared is really helpful or will just make things more stirred up? How do we discern between the help we need and harm we don’t?

If we think about discernment, we realize we are turning our hearts and minds toward a sense of peace and consolation. As we turn, if all we find is desolation, we can be assured that is not God, for He brings us a sense of right order and a belief that all will be well. We may not have all the answers, but we do know that we are in good and loving hands and that we can trust that. In the end, we know everything will be OK.

Reaching for this sense of consolation means we have to tune in and listen to what our heart is trying to tell us. It may be cautioning us to do something or perhaps not to do something. It may be encouraging us to call or contact someone.

As we develop an attentive ear that can hear the underlying, guiding voice that is steering us, we realize it is very much like a gut feeling. Someone told me they saw squirrels gathering up every acorn on the ground this fall, for they must have known it was going to be a cold and snowy winter. How did the squirrels know this? They have a connection that is organic, as some people say, which alerts them to follow what they know at a visceral level. Others may simply call this a connection.

As human beings, how do we develop such a connection? We begin by having a deep desire for this sense of knowing and see that it has value to us. Then we clear away the clutter that so readily takes over our lives, with a myriad of distractions, so we can create a space to hear the divine. Then we pray that He will speak to us as we listen and follow. And obedience by listening to what we hear is the key to understanding God’s voice and following it.

Today, think about honing your ear to hear God’s voice in your heart and allow Him to speak to you in the way you should go. Trust Him to have your best interests in mind that will bring not only good things to your life, but to the lives of everyone you meet throughout the day.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works at Christian Heart Counseling, located at 275 3rd St. S, No. 303, Stillwater. She can be reached at 651-439-2059 ext. 718 or [email protected]