We all hear it preached, taught, sung, and read books that tell us how to know God’s will in all things. But wouldn’t it be great if these methods really worked for us? Honestly, I usually operate in a fog concerning what I should or should not be doing. I suppose I am in good company since the Apostle Paul dealt with this very same issue. He writes in 1 Corinthians 13:9,
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” Then in verse 12: “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then I shall know even as also I am known.”
Even one of the most spiritual humans ever was aware that in this life we would be much less than the heavenly version or ourselves. The hyper-spiritualists of today speak down to us as they seem to be mystified that we are not walking as closely to God as they are. This results in our frustration that after all these years, we still can’t hear the voice of God blaring in our ears.
Do you ever wonder about those that say, “God told me that I should ______ (fill in the blank).” I mean, why is God telling them all manner of things and I hardly even get a hello from Him? Could it be that they have found the “silver bullet” needed to penetrate the barrier between them and God? Is this similar to tuning a radio dial to where they are finally on the same frequency as God?
The truth is, I have sensed God clearly communicating with me on several occasions. When this happened, I never doubted that it was Him. Though not audible, it was a strong and sudden impression that penetrated my thick skull and implanted itself firmly within my mind. Unfortunately, these occurrences have been rare. This is because He gave us a brain and expects us to use it. We should be rationalizing as we sort through the countless decisions we make each day. I realize that He is honored when we consult Him anyway, but often there is a deafening silence from heaven.
When we can see Him as He is, I cannot imagine that we won’t also clearly hear Him as He speaks. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to that. Meanwhile, I still long for more of those moments when He chooses to communicate in whatever way He chooses. Most often, that happens as I read His precious word.
”Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 1