You want to make or do something new in your life – but you don’t want it to be “all about you.” How do you listen to God’s voice and create something new for His glory? These tips are inspired by God’s gorgeous tabernacle in Exodus 25 and my daily struggle to write “She Blossoms Through the Bible.”
Doing what you were created to do isn’t as easy as it looks. Either is listening to God’s voice and following Jesus! Even when you’re doing something you really want do, such as creating something new and exciting in your life or following the Holy Spirit with your whole heart.
My tips on how to listen to God and create something new in your life are things I tell myself every morning. My “She Blossoms Through the Bible” project is much harder than I thought it’d be! I thought I’d struggle to find something to write about in each chapter of every book of the Bible. That’s the easy part, it turns out.
The hard part is not falling away. I believe I’m listening to God and I know I’m creating something new in my life…but it’s a daily struggle to keep going. I don’t know why it’s so hard. I love writing, I love Jesus, and I hear the Holy Spirit’s voice leading me forward. I’m learning so much about God, the Bible, and the ancient Israelites.
And yet it’s difficult. I love what I’m doing, but it’s a daily struggle. Do you feel the same way about something in your life? Maybe you’re listening to God and creating something new, but you struggle to stay motivated and consistent. Or, maybe you yearn to learn how to listen to God and create something new in your life.
May you find hope, inspiration, and encouragement here.
3 Tips for Listening to God and Creating Something New
I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of Scripture (that’s my She Blossoms Through the Bible project). I started with Genesis — beginning with The Reason You Were Created – Genesis 1 and ended that series with How to Live Like You Really Are Forgiven and Free – Genesis 50. Enter Exodus!
Moses wanted to give up on the Israelites sometimes. He got angry, frustrated, and sad at how fickle and foolish and complain-y they were. Maybe Moses even wanted to give up on Yahweh, too. But not in Exodus 25. In this chapter God tells Moses and the Israelites (the ones who were willing) to build a sanctuary or tabernacle for Him to dwell.
1. Learn what “listening to God” means
“The Lord spoke to Moses, ‘ Tell the Israelites to take an offering for Me. You are to take My offering from everyone who is willing to give.’” – Exodus 25:1-2. God then described in intricate detail how to build a tabernacle, a place to meet Him. He wanted this sanctuary to be holy, unique, and set apart. It was to be where God dwelt and where people could have fellowship with Him. Moses didn’t just know how to listen to God and create something new, he actually did what God said. Moses asked the Israelites to make offerings of gold, silver, and bronze. He asked for blue, purple and scarlet yarn, for fine linen and goat hair, for ram skins dyed read and manatee skins, for acacia wood, oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, and onyx along with other gemstones for mounting on the ephod and breastpiece. – Exodus 25:3-7.
How do you regularly practice listening to God? I get up at the same time every morning (4 am), make a giant cup of hot strong coffee, and take out my journal and Bible. I write to God. Sometimes I ask questions, other times I describe what’s happening in my life. When random thoughts pop into my head – ones that seem like they could be God’s voice or the Holy Spirit’s promptings – I write what I hear in brackets, on a new line in my journal. I don’t know for sure if God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit is listening to me, but I do know that my daily practice is bearing good fruit (joy, freedom, peace, and a deeper relationship with God). What is your daily practice? Learning how to listen to God will help you create something new in your life…but first, you have to show up.
2. Learn who God is
Exodus 25 tells us so much about God – and so do most chapters of the Bible! God loves beauty, and He wants us to participate with Him to create beautiful things. God wants to be in relationship with us. He wants to be glorified and honored not only because He is a holy and awesome God, but also because we become what we worship. The ancient Israelites’s neighbors were worshipping idols and making horrible sacrifices to their gods. Yahweh wanted His people to be set apart in all ways: their behavior, lifestyle, relationships, community, and style worship. The tabernacle, ark of the covenant, and mercy seat in Exodus 25 are exquisitely detailed because that is who God is.
What do you know about God from the Old Testament? This is the same God who speaks to you today. His instructions and wishes for you, me and all His chosen people, aren’t much different than back in ancient Israel. God wants us to worship, honor and glorify Him because He is powerful, amazing, and too wondrous for words. God wants us to create new things of beauty and listen to Him because that is how He spreads His joy, freedom, light and life. God wants us know who He is so we can have a better relationship with Him, so we can live in peace, forgiveness, and security. The more you know about who God is, the better you’ll hear His voice and create something new and meaningful in your life.
3. Use and share what you have
An enormous and varied amount of material, resources, and people had to work together to create something as new and beautiful as the tabernacle in Exodus 25. God told Moses to ask the Israelites for an offering to build the sanctuary; their offering might have been metal (gold, silver, bronze), cloth (linen, thread), animal (skins, goat hair), dye (red, blue, purple, scarlet), wood (acacia), food (spices, oil), gemstones (onyx), roles (priests, builders, craftswomen, bakers, candlestick makers), skills (carving, building, sewing, dying) and talents (creativity, organization, leadership, encouragement, hospitality).
What are you offering God and sharing with the world? You are enough – whatever you bring to the table! Your first step is to learn how to listen to God; He will tell you how to create something new in your life. Remember that you are on a journey with Jesus. This isn’t a one-stop shopping expedition or a drive-through pickup of fast food. Listening for God’s voice in big and little ways is a lifelong commitment that will bring you joy, peace, freedom and love. Creating something new in your life takes time and effort – just like my writing a new “She Blossoms Through the Bible” article every day – but it is worth it. It’s worth it when you get to the end of your creation (like the end of this article, I did it, hooray!). And it’ll be even more valuable when you get to the end of your earthly life and meet Jesus.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43:19.
With His love,
P.S. Do you tend to get distracted? Read How to Avoid Meaningless Things in Your Life.