Hearing God is something that I find extremely difficult. How am I, a 21 year-old girl, supposed to have the wisdom to be able to understand what God is trying to tell me? Sure, it’s easy to talk TO God, but to get things in return?
While I was on a retreat last weekend, we did an exercise where we reflected on a reading and took five minutes to be silent with God. This definitely wasn’t the first time I’ve done this, as it was something we did often on my high school mission trips during our morning devotional time. In high school I used that time to reflect on the reading we were given and what I was going to do the rest of the day. I didn’t understand what it meant to really be with God ( <– see my last post).
As I was sitting there, uninterrupted, waiting for something spectacular to pop into my mind, I got….. nothing. Absolutely nothing. God was obviously not there, right? Wrong.
Towards the very end of this activity, I went up to the leader and asked how someone is supposed to hear Him, anyway. He prayed for me and then went into explaining the different ways that you can hear and connect with Him
Scripture is a very powerful thing. This was written by those who knew Jesus and who had a personal relationship with Him. I’m not saying that we can’t have that kind of relationship, because we can, but I mean they actually saw Jesus in His physical form.
Sometimes you’ll run across scripture that seems to really relate to your life, like a verse about comfort, strength, anxiety, or trust. I used to think that this was just a fine coincidence. It’s all over the bible! But guess what? Maybe it was God’s way of reminding you that you are loved and taken care of. He can “speak” to you through scripture!
Worship time is one of my favorite parts of church. I love connecting to others and to God through song. I love how open and carefree everyone is during this time – it allows you to be vulnerable with God.
The song that always gets me going is No Longer A Slave which talks about no longer being pushed down by fear, because God has your back and loves you more than you could even imagine!
Closing your eyes and really listening to worship songs really helps me feel the comfort of God. Worship can move me more than anything else.
Did you know that people you talk with everyday can be a light of God? It’s true! Have you ever been dealing with something and someone comes up to you right when you need them to? Or have you ever been frustrated and questioned if God was really there? I bet those people have told you how much you’re loved and how you have all the support and love you could ever want- through them AND through Christ. Or what about when someone says just what you need them to, without them even knowing it? Or those awesome testimonies you hear about how God has worked through their life and you think that maybe that could happen to you too!
“Hearing” God can be really hard. I know that some people say they have visions or actually hear His voice, but I’m not one of those. I don’t even know how that is possible, if I’m being honest. I know God is an all-powerful God, but I think that being close to Him is one of the most complicated, but also one of the most simple, things in the world. This is why having a strong community is so important! You can all learn from each other, so what I’ve learned now I hope to pass on to you. Can you guess what my next post will be about?
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