“Does God Speak?”
Does God speak? Can we hear Him? You have to be careful how you answer those questions in this day and age. The response from people to your answer will be quite varied depending on who you are talking to. You could hear replies ranging from “Yes, amen!” to “Call the guys with the white jackets, this guy thinks God is talking to him!”. Well call me crazy but I know that the Creator of Heaven and Earth has a voice and desperately wants His creation to listen to His call for an intimate relationship with Him. He is the same God He has always been and He promises His presence and loving guidance will be there for those who are committed to following His path for their lives.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Psalm 32:8-9 NIV
For eleven years I served as a pastor to college aged and young adults. I loved being a pastor to young adults. Most were very hungry to know what path God had ordained for their lives to follow. They wanted to hear practical answers to their many questions about life and relationships. Questions like, “Does God have a plan for my life?” and “Will God answer me if I speak to Him in prayer?”. These questions are particularly relevant for a young adult beginning their life journey of interdependence on God, but do these questions lose their significance as we age? Does God ever cease in His desire to make His heart and will known? I don’t believe so. Though the seasons of life change and the needs and questions may vary, I believe that the Lord never stops desiring to reveal His heart and plan for each of His precious children, at every stage of our lives.
Over the past 25 years of following in the footsteps of Christ, I have learned many life lessons about discerning God’s ways that relate to how He reveals His direction for our lives. I would like to take the next several blog posts to share some of the patterns and methods that the Lord has used to direct my life in His purposes and plans. I have also discovered a Biblical pattern of sorts related to how the Lord worked in the lives of the Patriarchs as He gave them direction and established His will in and through their lives.
Though every child of God is unique, the Lord’s overarching purpose for each one of His children’s lives is clearly articulated in Romans 8:28-29:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined,he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
Everything that God purposes in our lives, whether He allows it or causes it, is ultimately meant to shape and mold our character into the image of His Son. This scripture will serve as the foundation upon which God’s will for our lives as Christians must be built. We do not exist merely for our own pleasure or desires. We have been placed on earth to worship the Lord, honor His name through loving obedience and serve His intentions through the gifts He has entrusted to us to share. Along the journey, He benevolently provides us with all things to enjoy, but our primary purpose, whether in pleasure or pain, is to glorify His name.
So if you are seeking the Lord for guidance, interested in one man’s experience in discerning God’s voice and guidance, please join me for the journey until I run out of inspiration or God’s anointing! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions along the way! Here we go…