When a friend of mine was in Tokyo, and getting ready to board a plane heading to Chicago, he looked out the window and noticed an airplane from Taiwan Airways. A few days later, he realized God was speaking to him about moving to Taiwan. A year later he learned no such airline existed. God used an open vision to help speak to him about his future.
Fast forward three years: my friend, now living in Taiwan, is currently seeing area codes of a particular major city in the United States. We were discussing this the other day, and I reminded him, “God doesn’t always speak to us in the same way every time. He loves being creative, and changing things up.”
God doesn’t get bored!
God is so creative. His imagination didn’t stop after creation. His designs of interacting with his children is genius, and can be fun as well. God also has a lot to say. He will share things with you if you ask him to, and if you take the time.
The devil can stir up trouble and emotions in us, and in our lives that hinder us from hearing God. Those are the times we need to focus harder on listening to him. God speaks to us in so many different ways. Through his word, the Bible, via dreams, through our pastor and friends. He can use anything that we see, hear, smell, touch, speak, or even taste.
“For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.” Job 33:14 (NKJV)
One of his specialties is using his creation to speak. A coworker, several years ago, was questioning if God existed. He went on vacation to the Grand Canyon where he sat on the rim, and found his answer.
One of the best ways to hear God is to get quiet. Many times it is when we are still we finally are able to hear his gentle Spirit whisper to our soul.
“Be still, and know that I am God…” Ps. 46:10 (KJV)
Remember; just because God has spoken to you before, or even several times in a particular way, it doesn’t mean he is this time. Nor count on him speaking to you the way he spoke to someone else. When a famous person preaches on how God spoke to them, or how God used them to accomplish something, or to receive healing, don’t run home and try to follow a recipe and expect the same result. Doing so and not receiving an identical outcome can cause you to get disgruntled with God.
So, when God ask, “Can you hear me now?” I hope your answer will always be, “Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.”
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