First, if you think you are being ignored by God, you would be 100% incorrect. In fact, nothing in all of existence would be further than this truth. The catch: Faith. Without faith, the only thing you would have to live for is what you think you see now along with a lingering fear for what might be on tap for uncertain tomorrows. You see, it is “by faith” we choose to believe God. Not, “in God,” but God, Himself! Although your faith in Him, His Son; your Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, and His Holy Spirit might be as puny as a mustard seed, your faith is “spot on” with God through Jesus.
Faith: “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible” (Matthew 17:20).
God is not only watching you, He’s with you wherever you go – wherever you are! God knows how many times your heartbeats per day, how many breaths you take, and every thought that you think. And, “by faith” God is right there with you now, later, always, and forever. God knew you long before you entered this world. Upon entry, you were detached from God, but at the moment you received Christ, you were re-born into the family of God. You are now, and forever His precious child.
As children of our living and most glorious God, we might ask why our Heavenly Father is silent. This is perfectly normal and just as acceptable to God’s ears. God can communicate with us in countless ways..
For example, God communicates with us through:
Faith Factor 1: His Holy Bible: His Word
2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” His Word sometimes gives us a warning, a word of encouragement, or a lesson for life. It’s “His-story”–written with love as God’s guide for life, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Faith Factor 2: Jesus Christ
The New Testament was the fulfillment of God’s special plan. It’s the gospel: the good news of Jesus Christ. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe” Hebrews 1:1-2, NIV).
Faith Factor 3: His Creation
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20, NIV). Through the intricate details and magnificent beauty of all that God has made, we can “hear” His voice. How? By observing the ant’s strength to store up food all summer long, we learn about wisdom and industriousness. By studying the heavens, we understand more of God’s greatness. And through planting and growing a garden, we “hear” about miracles of death and rebirth. God designed–and spoke them all into existence.
Faith Factor 4: His Believers
God may use a friend, a teacher, a parent, or a preacher to convey His message of truth to us. Their words may come as a warning, a blessing, or as a prophetic truth about our lives. Whether we choose to hear it or ignore it, depends on us. Do their words line up with Scripture? Will God confirm or affirm that truth in us? “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” (James 3:17, NIV).
Faith Factor 5: God-Glorying Music
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat faced a huge army of enemies who could have easily destroyed His people, but he did a strange thing. With a declaration that his eyes were on God, he sent in a choir of praise singers: “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever’” (2 Chronicles 20:21, NIV).
Faith Factor 6: Events and Circumstances
Sometimes God uses our circumstances to test our faith. We don’t always know how to interpret the things that happen to us. Through Moses, God used circumstances (plagues) to convince Egypt’s leader to release God’s people from slavery.
Faith Factor 7: His Holy Spirit
I once heard someone teach about “minding the checks” in your spirit. Some may call it “God’s whispers” while others say, “God’s still, small voice.” We are made in the image of God, and when we confess Jesus and follow Him as our Lord and Savior, His Spirit comes to live in us (John 14:17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we’re tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing.
Faith Factor 8: Prayer
Each way I’ve shared that God may speak to us today meshes into the other. God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer. We may not know how to pray, but God’s Word tells us His spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27).
Faith Factor 9: Read, Study, and Stay in God’s Word
Does God speak to all of us the same way? No, we are all unique. Are these the only ways God speaks today? No. He’s a creative God. He speaks so many ways, including through miracles. If you really need to hear from God on the spot, pray to Him, giving thanks and praise. Ask God to speak through His Word to you. He will lead you to the exact Bible message based on your fervent prayer request. God will speak to you there! You will receive your answer instantly.
If what God is sharing with you seems a bit unclear, that’s OK. He may want you to study, pray upon, and consider His will for you based on His given Bible passage. God is always with us! By faith believe that! God will use you to glorify Himself in every pleasant and painful season of your human existence (this life). Even when we feel our worst, God is always at His very best. He loves you. He likes you. Trust Him, by faith, and get ready for one-to-one God conversations like never before. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10). He loves you right where you are now. Let Him continue to prepare you for our eternal home.
Through faith and complete trust in Christ Jesus, Lynn and I will see you there! Amen?
Much love and God’s very best, T