“God speaks through a variety of means. In the present God primarily speaks by the Holy Spirit, through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the church.” – Henry Blackaby
When I was preparing to write this devotion I read through some of my old Bible Study notes, looked at scriptures I have saved in my phone, and prayed. The morning I was planning to write, I was watching a sermon on YouTube from a few weeks ago. As I was watching I felt like God was talking directly to me in the words. Isn’t it funny when that happens?
That made me think about all the times I have needed a specific message and it came through a sermon, something I read, a friend or even a stranger. But, how?
The simple answer? God.
God is not only able but also faithful enough, to make sure we get the Word we need when we need it. Of course, when we are listening to a sermon or studying the Word we expect to hear from God. But are you expecting to hear from God as you go about your regular activities? Are you listening?
I’m not perfect. I’ll admit I’m not always listening and sometimes I imagine God being exasperated and saying, “It’s about time you heard me!” However, when I am focused and expecting to hear from God in every experience, I not only hear from Him more, but I also receive His guidance sooner and experience more peace in my life. There’s a sense of calm when you know God is guiding you along the way, even in the smallest areas.
Positioning yourself to hear from God is as simple as asking for God’s help. Matthew 7:7 tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
All you have to do is ask God for His guidance and His will. Then wait – remembering that He may be speaking to you through people and situations. Don’t miss what God is trying to tell you because you have certain expectations about how God will speak to you.
He can use the books we read, the random people we meet, or the tv shows we watch. The Holy Spirit can be a soft voice in your heart. We just have to be open and ready to hear from God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I want to hear from you. I need your guidance. Help me hear your voice throughout my days and to see you in regular situations and circumstances. You know what I need and when I need it. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.