Silence. It was the expected answer to my prayers as a child. It didn’t seem to matter how afraid I was, or how upset…the answer was always __blank__. And yet I still prayed, or more accurately, begged and pleaded, for God to hear me, even if He didn’t want to answer audibly.
I believed He was up in the sky, and I was on earth, an ant compared to His immense being. Despite this disconnect, I was taught in church about Jesus, God’s sacrifice, and His love.
God wanted to be my friend.
That one truth amazed me and confused me. If that is true why don’t I feel you? Why don’t I hear from you? Some prayers would be answered, as if in reply…if?
It took me many years to realize that God speaks differently than what we expect. He isn’t human after all, and we must seek Him in order to find Him. In fact, if God has to speak audibly in order for us to listen that’s not a good thing. It means we weren’t listening to His wavelengths at all, as if we decide how God can or should communicate with us.
God speaks in many ways, and He will often change how He speaks to see if you are following along and still seeking. Relationships take work, and the core of any relationship is communication. You can’t have one without it.
Why else would God ever say, “depart from me I never knew you.”
Does He know you? Do you know Him?
Lately, I haven’t heard His voice. And it isn’t because He isn’t speaking, He is always speaking, we just aren’t always listening.
Typing that I realized sounds rude. What if your friend lived with you and one day you just stopped acknowledging him or her, stopped talking to them or listening to what they had to say. We do that to the God of the universe, our best friend!
I honestly believe that talking to Him should be like talking to a best friend. In which you speak, He listens, He speaks, you listen. Back and forth banter that is relaxed and fun, deep and challenging, and even comforting or fatherly.
My God speaks, and He speaks to me. Never forget that and never stop declaring that truth. And remember…
…He is that still small voice.
If you blindfolded yourself and walked through a room full of voices, you could easily pinpoint your best friends voice. That is called discernment.
God generally speaks to you from within. He is that still small voice in your mind, while the Holy Spirit is the fire, passion, and conviction you feel. He is the heart, will, and mind of God inside you!
Afraid that still small voice is just you or something else entirely? Discernment. You will only be able to tell yourself that which you already know. If it’s something evil and condemning, something that stirs up fear or confusion-that is the devil or the flesh. If it is life-giving, convicting, peaceful and true (test it against the Word), then it is God.
Start by opening the Bible, that is God’s voice, His heart, and His truth. Read it daily and test everything, every thought against His Word.
From there, get a journal. Pick a verse and tell God you are listening. Find a quiet place and just listen, give Him your full attention. Sometimes you will need to just start writing. Write the first response that comes to your mind.
Sound crazy? Read what was written. Is that really your words?
I have a journal filled with Gods Words over me. His responses to the things in my life brought clarity and peace, wisdom and direction. I couldn’t make this stuff up, any more than I could make up a prophetic dream or a miraculous sign.
Still think this is absurd? Then let me ask you this…when will this Christian walk become real? What evidence are you holding out for? God isn’t going to stand right in front of you in the flesh, cause a hand to appear and write the words upon your bathroom mirror or leave sticky notes on your fridge.
Faith. It will always be a necessity in this life. If you won’t believe until God is face to face with you then you don’t have Faith. Jesus said it is better to be the one who believes without seeing (John 20:29). We need to believe even when we do not see!
Ultimately, the closer you draw to God, the more you will see. The miraculous will find you, and God will use you. He will reveal profound things to you, prophecies will come to pass and you will be aware of it. Doors will be opened and blessings will rain down.
Why? because He wants to know you! He always has, but our free-will limits Him. You see, He chose to co-labor with us, to work through us. God defeated satan, now it’s our turn to defeat him, to save the lost and take back this world for God’s kingdom.
Jesus is coming back, and we can hasten His coming! What we do here matters, and who we do it with matters most of all. Your Christian walk, your very life, depends on your relationship with God. Without Him….you can’t be a vessel, a friend, a world changer.
Seek Him first, before you seek anything else. Take the time to know your God, and to know His heart.
He’s the friend that will never leave you, never betray you, never ignore you.
He’s the friend that will always understand you, always help you, and always love you.