Sometimes we feel uneasy because of the things we see happening around us. If you feel uneasy (often a jiggly kind of uncomfortable feeling) about something, ask yourself why. Is someone asking you to do something wrong—something that could get you into trouble? Or is someone leading you to do something unsafe?
For instance, if you’re at a party, maybe one with high school kids, and you see or know that someone has slipped something alcoholic into the punch, it’s important to be uneasy. You might even be afraid of what could happen. Or if kids are acting in another way that makes you uneasy, stop for a moment and think what you want to do about it.
You’re smart enough to know that you don’t want a ride home with someone who’s been drinking and will be driving. You also don’t want to stay where the behavior around you makes you uncomfortable.
So go to a quiet place (a bathroom can sometimes be good) or text with your cell phone in your pocket. Hopefully you’ve made an agreement with your mom or dad that if you call at any time of the day or night, they will come get you and give you a ride home. If you don’t have that agreement, make it very clear that you need that ride home NOW.
Then think about something else. Do you enjoy being with Christian kids who make great choices? Not every Christian kid makes great choices. But search out the kind of friend who does make great choices. Discover what it means to have that kind of fun. How can you make choices that bring you into those kind of friendships now and for the years ahead?
How can you recognize when he is telling you something you need to know?
By spending time with him every day. By reading your Bible every day. By using a daily Bible reading plan. By keeping a prayer journal (a notebook where you write down what you need to know). Be honest with God. Tell him what you’re concerned or worried about. Ask about something where you need guidance. Ask the Lord to show you what he wants you to know. Then start reading where you left off the day before.
Watch to see what Bible verse or verses the Holy Spirit brings alive. Pay special attention to a verse or verses that seem to jump off the page. Or the words may seem to have a bright spotlight around them. The words in the Bible fit with what you’re facing. You might even think How did the Lord know what I needed to know today???!!!
When you learn to “hear” God in your daily devotions, you will also learn how to hear him in your daily life. Uneasiness can give you a signal. What is wrong? What should I do to avoid that problem? Or walk away from being involved in it?
Peace gives you another signal. Learn to recognize that peace. The one thing that satan cannot imitate is the peace of God in your life.
Tell the Lord, I want to know what you want in my life. I want your love and forgiveness and salvation. I want you to lead and guide me.
To each of us Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14) Jesus explains the job of a shepherd. He not only knows his sheep. His sheep recognize his voice—his leading—and follow him.
You may live in a city and not know any sheep or any shepherds. But you know what it means when you hear the voice of a friend, or a parent, or a teacher—someone you can trust. And Jesus is the most trustworthy Friend of all time!
Maybe you’ve had the privilege of growing up in a home and church where you know what it means to follow the Lord’s leading. You can help others learn how to know him. But if you don’t know Jesus in that way, start now. Ask him to help you know him and hear him.
Jesus loves you. He will also love giving you his help!