In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
When the teachers are mad at Jesus for working on the Sabbath day, Jesus responds that “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working…” The teachers did not like Jesus putting Himself with God in this way. Among other things, Jesus makes the point that since the Father is still at work, the Son will also continue to follow His lead. Without realizing it, you might feel like God is silent or not at work. He is stil working.
Listening to God includes watching and studying where God's at work. It's learning His heart even when He may not be speaking directly to you.
A different question that often helps me determine my next steps better than, "God, what do you want me to do?" is, "Where do I sense or see You[God] at work and how can I join?" Often, God points us to His desires through sermons, conversations, Scripture, or signs. He make connections that start to build a Holy Spirit alignment. It's worth exploring those trails or hints as you sense or see where God's at work.
Henry Blackaby, in his book Experiencing God, says that people often ask God to work anew instead of asking where He is already at work. As Jesus mentioned, "[God] is always at his work to this very day..." God might ask you to create something new, but often He uses examples of people where He is already at work to inspire, train, and call you into your future.
When thinking about your next place to live or school or job, ask: "Does God's work there align with God's heart and passions He's put in your or the current life path he's directing you towards?" God's already at work in this world and sometimes He's simply asking you to join what He is already doing rather than feel like you must create something from thin air. Maybe you need to simply ask God today, "Where have I sensed, seen, or heard of You, God, being at work in an inspiring way that I'd love to learn from and join? And what's my next step to join what you show me?"
Publishing Schedule for Listening to God Series:
9/14/2020 Asking, "Where's God At Work?" (Day 2 of Listening to God Series)
9/21/2020 God Doesn't Always Guarantee 100% Certainty on Specifics (Day 3 of Listening to God Series)
9/28/2020 Habits That Matter Start Now (Day 4 of Listening to God Series)
10/5/2020 Unfinished Goodbyes Can Be Healthy (Day 5 of Listening to God Series)
10/12/2020 Your Dreams Are Bigger Than You (Day 6 of Listening to God Series)