Have you ever asked the question, "How do I know when God is speaking to me?" I remember vividly as if it were the very day, a choice I had to make over twelve years ago. The decision involved where I was to go in serving God with an organization called The Navigators. Some of my closest friends and counselors advised me to stay in the region where I had lived for the past four years. Other close friends and family advised me to leave and serve in a region to which I had been invited. It was a very difficult time because people's emotions were stirred and strong rational thoughts were presented by both sides. I chose to go for two reasons: 1. Throughout the process I had a persistent sense that God wanted me to go. 2. God confirmed His direction for me through a Bible passage in the book of Isaiah. Looking back, it is clear that going was the right decision.
It is incredibly important that we discern when God is speaking to us. Yet, it is not easy to hear Him! Our own personal preference, the opinions of others, varying circumstances and our own character flaws-impatience, pride, fear, etc., all stand in the way of our listening. I recall many times when I have been spiritually deaf to the Holy Spirit's leading. As I grow in my relationship with the Lord, I am becoming more cognizant of how He speaks. He is persistent-the leading does not go away. He talks quietly and firmly, devoid of fanfare and hype. What He asks me to do, say, or be, always leads to His glory. When He speaks He also provides (Philippians 4:19), so that His will is accomplished and my faith is strengthened in the process.
Psalm 119:130,133--The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced . . . Make my steps steady through Your promise; don’t let any sin dominate me.
God has a word for you. When you hear what He has to say obey and be blessed as you become a blessing to others.
I know when the proposition comes from God because of its quiet persistence: When I have to weigh the pros and cons and doubt and debate come in, I am bringing in an element that is not of God, and I come to the conclusion that the suggestion was not a right one.—Oswald Chambers inMy Utmost For His Highest
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)