Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Many Christians struggle with “hearing from God.” Under very rare circumstances will anyone hear from Him audibly. It really didn’t happen that often in the Old and New Testaments. And, yes, technically we are still in the time of the New Testament. Nevertheless, hearing from God in an outward voice is very rare. Why? Well, I could probably explore that and give you an answer. Or many answers, but that is not where I am going today. Maybe I will look into that specifically some time.
One of my favor scriptures is Proverbs 22:2 –
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter
But, it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.
Sometimes I wonder if maybe that is why we don’t hear directly from God. He needs us to engage Him. Maybe it’s that whole relationship thing.
Either way, I believe God speaks to us all the time. It’s up to us to participate in it. To see it and understand that He is trying to talk to us.
If we watch the world around us and pay attention to the little things as well as the big things, we can see Him. We can hear Him talking to us. If you want to get more, stop thinking like the world. True coincidences only come in twos. Threes are subjects we should pay attention to. They almost never happen.
Okay, maybe they do, but I have learned that when I see things that happen frequently and close together, I often discover God is talking to me. I realize there is a common thread running through things in my life and I stop, taking the time to see if God is trying to teach me something. More often than not, He is.
For those who might not know, I write a lot of songs. They are probably nothing you will see on somebody’s album or being led in worship, but who knows? I write for two reasons: 1, I am usually overwhelmed with a reason. And, 2, it’s a magnificent way to worship God personally. Many of these songs come from personal experiences. But the ones that have the greatest impact on me are the ones that God puts in place.
Sometimes I am just driving along and I start to talk to Him. Just conversation. And praise begins. Maybe a song from the radio. Maybe just words about how faithful He has been. From there, it spirals into something wonderful. Most of these songs are just His and mine. They never get written down. It’s a moment in time where I have been given words to worship God from the Holy Spirit. And despite my limited ability to sing, He loves it.
The path to a decent song is always led by the Lord. I follow it down and around. Up and over. Some have come start to finish in just hours. Some I have been working on for years. Regardless of the process, the one thing they all have in common is that He leads and speaks. He gives me ways to worship Him. He shows me.
As a song or a blog subject weaves itself into my heart, I feel the ongoing drive. I cannot resist what He is talking to me about. A subject that He wants me to write about can become the daily norm. I am going to do something I have never done here.
When he is working with me on a particular topic that I am to write about, He will put that in my path. It has happened quite a few times in my life. Where coincidence comes and goes and I am still running into the subject. In this case, the word “hope.” It has inundated me of late. Way too much to be a simple part of my life.
Yes, I have an irresistible hope in Christ, so it is a common thought in my head. But, this has been far too often to be something that just happens in passing.
First the word came to me consistently for days. A stray thought is no longer stray when it clearly continues returning. So, I began to develop words and concepts of a song. That kept going. It is still going. Then Pastor spoke about hope. A daily verse about it. Several more references. Then, I wake this morning to a vague recollection of a dream that had an old friend in it whose name is Hope. I cannot recall anything about the dream, just her name. Obviously, the topic of “hope” is something God is putting into my heart. Why? Well, I know without a doubt that will become evident.
So, has this happened to you? If it has, you have been at the receiving end of something from God. Of course, it may not have happened this way to you, but God has a great imagination when it comes to communication. And I have learned that He can use anything He wants. A movie (non christian), music (also no christian), road signs, random statements from strangers, dreams, Tweets, Facebook, the devil…Yep. Haha! He uses scripture and godly people all the time, but we need to remember He doesn’t have to.