The perfect answer to all your questions
The answer to your search for direction, peace, power, purpose
A perfect “wireless” connection that is never out of service, out of range, broken, interrupted by weather conditions, satellite position, or earthly circumstances
If you are seeking directions for how to fix something or the answer to a trivia question, if you’re like my kids, you automatically go to Google.
We might be watching a movie and my husband says – “Isn’t she the same actress that was in…” And I say “No honey, that was another person.” My son immediately, in the middle of the movie, pushes pause, and picks up his phone to “google” the answer. Issue solved.
No more discussion. No argument. The facts are confirmed in a few seconds.
Don’t you wish you had access to answers for the important questions in your life? As easily as that?
Can you imagine saying “Google, who should I marry? Google, what should I be? Google, where should I live? Google, why am I here?”
Truth is, we already have a connection to the God of the Universe – who created the earth, the stars, the cosmos and everything in it. He also created us: you and me. And He has wisdom about you and me that He is willing to share, if we just ask.
James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
To get Google’s answer, you have to have an internet connection and a way to receive that signal.
I believe God is speaking to us, or sending out His signal, all the time, through His Word, His Son, His Creation, and our circumstances, among other ways. His is a constant, uninterruptible, full-strength signal. But we need to be receiving it to hear.
God has given us, built into us, a receiver to hear Him. It’s our spirit. We are all made up of body, mind and spirit. As a believer, we have the Holy Spirit within us who helps hear Him even better. And the Holy Spirit helps us understand what we hear.
- Try setting aside some time daily or weekly to get alone, to just be still and listen to what God might have to say to you.
Start the conversation with a thank you or a question and then quiet yourself. For some people it helps to be outdoors without the distractions of the house or apartment. For others, a quiet room works.
Don’t expect to hear a physical voice, although it can happen. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sense what God is saying.
- Observe what is around you. If outside, are there birds, trees, flowers, clouds, mountains, water, some piece of God’s creation that might have a message for you? What do you see that shows you something about yourself, or about God? If inside look at the art, the colors, the items and check any memories or feelings they evoke.
Do you need a fresh look at an area of your life or help dealing with emotions that may have surfaced? Do you see something outside yourself that reflects some inner truth?
- Read your Bible. Start reading and read until you hear something that resonates with something you are going through – a message of instruction, or encouragement, or a revelation about yourself or God. A verse may stand out with a new significance or understanding than it has had before. Or it may shine a light that gives you a new perspective.
Ask what this means. And what it means to you. Is there something you need to do, or stop doing with this new understanding?
- Talk to God. You can say anything to Him. Whisper your fears, yell your frustrations, rage against your circumstances. He can take it all. Pour out your heart about what you are facing. Ask for His perspective. Or for clarification on an issue.
Then pause to hear His answer. Do you need a change of attitude? A course correction? Do you hear a word of encouragement? Direction? Or feel a sense of comfort?
Nature, the Bible and prayer are some of the ways God speaks. It might also be through a church sermon, or a book, movie or podcast. It could be through a trusted friend, a stranger or situation. And the answer may not be immediate. Keep listening.
What works best for you? Is there a place? A time of day or night? It doesn’t always have to be the same. God is broadcasting. And I believe He has a message just for you. Will you “tune in”?
Next time we’ll talk about how hearing works with our physical and spiritual ears.