There are lots of ‘common thoughts’. We go to our friends and family. We back up what we think by comparing it with what we think others think. The problem with this is that God is not common- he doesn’t think how we think and way too often, we assume He is okay with us not knowing what He thinks. In order to know what He thinks, it is essential we go to scripture. It is necessary to read scripture frequently enough that we are at least beginning to know some of God’s thoughts. There’s not a lot of substitution for this daily practice.
I would go into detail here, giving examples of things Gods really not okay with, but you might get offended and it would cut short your journey. Its equally possible you might not read any more and might not truly consider any more of the value of what I’m expressing… the need to KNOW God by exploring Him, chasing down recorded thoughts by many who’ve known Him. What’s more, you might not spend the necessary time to seek out God’s opinions on something. He is full of opposites, maybe you’ve heard of some: He encourages ‘turning the other cheek’ when someone strikes out at us, He encourages us to ‘pray for our enemies’ and to do good to those who treat us poorly. Those are just a few. He doesn’t have common thoughts. Before you assert you are certain of His opinion, be sure you have actually sought out His opinion. Nothing you think you hear from Him will be counter to scripture.
Endure what is hard. Take time. Dwell in patience- deliberately expanding your time spent in patience until the discipline isn’t quite so hard. Seek out Him in quietness. Quiet isn’t easily found these days. But it is well worth the effort. Blessings, Brook