I sat and watched my granddaughter assemble a puzzle on the floor with her grampa. As they worked those chunky little pieces, they’d twist and turn them this way and that, till they found the right connection. If Kinsey couldn’t find a piece, she’d grumble and complain and want to give up. Grampa encouraged her to look for another piece; he’d point out the picture and tell her to look for an eyeball of a puppy, or a hat, or ribbon. She’d see what he meant and she’d search till she found it. Each time Kinsey found a piece that fit a certain spot, she’d squeal, “Ah ha! here it is!”
That’s how it is when God speaks to me. I may spend days trying to figure out if should I go here or there–if I should walk or wait. Then something happens, or I hear a sermon, read a verse and suddenly the answer dawns on me. It’s in that “ah-ha” moment God speaks to me and all my thoughts come together like a puzzle.
Many times the Lord speaks to my heart directly. Sometimes it is through others–often through His Word. Many times I hear His voice so audibly that I think everyone else in the room must have heard Him, too. Folks ask me, “how do you know when God is speaking to you?” It’s still hard to answer them, especially if they are not Christians. To a person without Christ, God’s voice is inexplicable, nonsensical, mysterious, and unsubstantiated. I remember arguing point for point with Christians before I came to Jesus; I wanted evidence. Faith is the evidence of things not seen–it’s seeing without seeing.
You just know. All we need to know is in Jesus–in how He lived, walked, acted, obeyed, and spoke.
“In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets. [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son…” Hebrews 1:1,2a
For me, God does not speak without confirmation through another means. He speaks clearest through His Son, the Living Lord in my life. His Spirit guides and directs me through Scripture and Himself. Whenever I have questions, He is faithful to teach me. And no, he doesn’t always answer my questions. He assures me that He is in control and I need not be concerned with the answer. He opens the door when I get to it. He leads me through it. He prepares the ground on the other side. With me, God’s voice is often confirmed with a Spirit to spirit affirmation. Sometimes it is through the very words I write. You see, nothing seems to leave my fingertips without first pummeling my heart, soul and mind.
[PRAYER: Lord speak to me today. Quicken my spirit and help me hear with ears open to Your voice. Remind me often that I needn’t worry about what tomorrow holds, because You, Lord, have it in Your hands.]