Finding Peace Between Me & God
“In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”
Hearing God’s voice can be a struggle for even the most experienced Christian. You may hear God clearly for months, even years, then silence. What does that mean? Why do we hear Him some times but not others? Are we not listening? Is He not speaking? What are we missing that connects our ears to His voice?
These verses highlight something I feel we can quickly forget: God speaks to us in many different ways. He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit that lives inside each believer. He speaks to us through His Word, the Bible. He speaks to us through words of knowledge and prophetic gifts. He uses nature, our Christian friends, even our children to speak to us. The real question is, “Are we listening?”
1.) Grab your Bible. It’s time to hear from God from His word. Read the James, chapter 1. What is God saying to you in through these verses? What words are challenging? Uplifting? Convicting?
2.) Listen to the Holy Spirit. Pick one question to ask God that pertains to James 1. Sit quietly as you wait for the Holy Spirit to speak to you. It may come as a feeling in your gut, a picture in your mind, or a word that catches your attention. How is hearing God this way different than how you heard Him through the Bible?
3.) Ask God for another method He uses to speak to you. There is no perfect answer, just a personal one. God will speak to you in a way that is specific to you, and you may be missing it because you don’t know what to listen for. It may be hearing Him when you work out, when you drive in the car, or watching a sunrise. It is time to recognize His voice when He speaks!