I encourage you to pick up a copy of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers for your personal study. Around since 1935 but updated in 1992, this devotional constantly challenges me with either new teaching or rethinking of long held beliefs. I have been mulling over a recent entry that urges us to get out of the way so God can work. God’s still small voice is stifled by our noisy instruction of what we think He is saying. “We must learn to keep our mouths shut and our spirits alert.” The apostle Peter was great at blurting out ideas without thinking … much like we all do … but God reminded him in Luke 9:35 (NIV), A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” We watch the fighting in the Middle East and see soldiers prepared forbattle. We, too, need to be ready for the daily trials that come our way. Our “battle” plan includes reading His word, becoming alert to people and their needs, and waiting for God’s nudge – otherwise we only add noise and confusion and give the enemy a foothold. We have our marching orders – listen to Him – but we must be quiet in order to hear Him and not try to “help.” He has our backs and knows what terrain is ahead. So, pay attention, trust Him, andfollow the Leader.