Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5, ESV)
But waiting patiently is no easy matter. It will cost us significantly. Waiting for the Lord takes time. Listening for God’s voice takes space. It requires silence and solitude. It means that we must slow down, disconnect, and disengage from all of the people and the things that fill our lives and our hearts with noise and clamor and endless compulsion. It seems like everyone we meet loves us and has a great plan for our lives, and will gladly tell us exactly what that is if we are willing to give them our time and attention. But no one else can tell us who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do except the One who made us. It is his voice alone that must determine these things. And unless we listen for his voice we will never know exactly what they are. Unless we are willing to invest the time and attention necessary to truly hear his still, small voice, we are likely to be blown around by whim and opinion and circumstance.
That’s where the words of this ancient prayer offer us help. They ask God to be the one to determine the way and the path. For he alone knows the truth, and will gladly tell it to us if we are willing to listen—and wait.