In my younger years whenever I heard people comment “God told me this, or God led me here,” I’d shy away, thinking them to be a bit fanatic. I knew a lady who said if God wanted her to have another husband, He’d have to drop the guy on her doorstep. She truly believed He would do just that if that was what He had planned for her.
Just so there’s no misunderstanding, I definitely believed in God. But to actually hear God talking to me. Nope, can’t say that I did. Maybe I was expecting too much. Or was the sign there and I missed it? I’ve been told by some that I’m not very observant, so maybe the sign wasn’t flashy enough to get my attention. Whether it be signs from the Almighty or voices from above, I wasn’t ready to buy into that. I believed in God, in Jesus and in His Holy Spirit, wasn’t that enough? In my ignorance, disguised as bliss, I was happy just keeping to myself and minding my own business. As a young Christian, I failed to spread God’s word so others might hear. Unless I was within the “safety” of my fellow believers, I did almost nil to open the door for others to know Him.
If any of this sounds familiar, then let me hold up a caution sign for you. I now know that living and believing like this is dangerous to your health, spiritually speaking. The mission of every Christian is to spread the Good News, and that means telling others about Jesus. Do you know Him well enough to do that?
It takes time for a solid friendship to take root. But the more time you spend together, the more you share in each other’s lives and the deeper your bond becomes. It is the same with God. In order to know Him, you must spend time with Him.
Being a Christian takes more than just going to church on Sunday. Reading the Bible regularly, joining study groups, reading daily devotions, keeping friends with people who have strong values and morals are just some ways to grow as a follower of Christ. And the more we feed our souls, the healthier our spiritual life becomes. Today when someone says, “God spoke to me or led me ” I can relate to what they mean.
When the plant that had employed me for over nine years was closing, I knew I would need to find another job. I read in my church newsletter that the secretary was retiring. I prayed and asked God, “If this job is for me, please give me a sign.” On Sunday, the secretary sat next to me instead of in her regular pew. Before the service started she encouraged me to apply for the position. I took this as God’s sign to me.
I recently retired after spending 12 years as church secretary in this growing congregation. Though the sign wasn’t dramatic, it was tailored to me on that specific day and time in my life.
As you mature on your Christian walk, you will hear the voice of God through the Sunday sermons, while reading your devotions, meditating, praying, or studying a Bible passage. Sometimes it may be very subtle, and other times it may come through loud and clear.
I remember praying about a decision I had to make. One day I felt God was telling me, “Don’t do it,” and the next day I felt He was leading me “to do it.” After a couple of weeks I woke up in the middle of the night and had a recurring thought. “I’ll help you,” kept going through my mind. I realized God wanted me to say “yes” to this opportunity.
If you don’t “hear” God, could it be you aren’t listening for him? It is up to you to look for Him, make quiet time to listen for Him, and grow your relationship so you will recognize Him. Then you won’t need to question, “Is That You, God?”