Sometimes it is tempting to form observation and conclusion on the news that we hear , see and read. We also have a tendency to believe a certain source of information that we like. Our desire for certain things cause us to see things that will lead to the scenario that we like. In short we seem to create our own reality or we lean on our own understanding.
In our prayer group, we like to quote Proverbs 3:5,6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge (submit in other translation) him and he will make your paths straight.
Question : how do we apply Proverbs 3:5,6 ? A missionary recommends spending time with God, hearing His voice and obeying. Sounds simple but in practice we or I start doing or not doing without hearing from God or I don't wait long enough.
The more we spend time with God through prayer, reading the Bible, meditation or daily devotional or waiting on God the more we'll hear and recognize His voice.With those I believe we will see God moves, which we could miss if we are not paying attention.