I love when God speaks to me. I love reading a particular scripture verse that speaks directly to a problem or concern I have at that precise moment. As the Word comes alive and jumps off the page, I can only say “thank you Father” as I receive His Word into my heart and life.
And I love hearing a song come over the airwaves that builds my faith and gives me encouragement at just the time I need it most. I enjoy receiving a card from a friend reminding me of their prayers. Even a warm smile from a caring friend is a gift from the Lord as it quietly reminds me I am not alone – someone cares.
But what about those times when I don’t hear God speak? I open my Bible and the words float across the page, but they don’t seem to speak to my heart. I participate in praise and worship at church, but the music rings dully in my ears, and I sing along half-heartedly. I sit quietly and meditate, and pray feverishly, but the ceiling is low and the words bounce back to me – empty, hollow and inadequate.
Maybe it’s just me – but these times seem to come too frequently and I find myself sitting in God’s “waiting room” listening for Him to call my name. It’s during these times I realize there is far more about God I don’t know than the limited amount I do know about His love, mercy and grace.
It’s during these times I find it helpful to reflect on, meditate on and stand on what I do KNOW based on God’s Word. It is with hope and faith I can say:
I KNOW “God so loved me so much that He gave His one and only Son, that if I believe in Him, I will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I KNOW “there is no God like Him in heaven above or on earth below – He keeps His covenant of love with His servants who continue wholeheartedly in His way.” I Kings 8:23
I KNOW “because of the Lord’s great love for us, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I KNOW He has plans for my life “to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I KNOW all scripture I read is “God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness, so that I may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17. So, I keep on reading!
I KNOW God commands me to “Love the Lord, be strong and take heart, all who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:23-24. So, I keep on praying!
I KNOW God tells me to “be still and know that He is God.” Psalm 46:10. So, I keep meditating on Him!
I KNOW “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:1314. So, I keep on waiting.
It’s then I realize the problem is not that God isn’t speaking to me – the problem is I haven’t been listening. Being obedient to read His Word, pray, meditate, praise and wait leads me to “hope in the Lord and renew my strength.” Before long, “I am soaring again on wings like eagles; I am running and no longer weary, I am walking and no longer faint.” Isaiah 40:31. Let’s soar with Him today.