God often uses small things to let us see if we’re really hearing from Him or not. Often God speaks so subtly that it would be easy to mistake His voice for our own thoughts. Many of us hear from Him but don’t realize it. So here’s an example of the kind of object lesson God often uses to teach us to let Him lead us.
Recently, JoAnn woke up in the middle of the night and felt she should turn off her computer. We often leave our computers turned on overnight, in sleep mode.
But JoAnn woke up, sensing she should turn off her computer, in case the power went off. Within minutes, lightning and thunder started crashing. This is unusual weather for California’s central coast, but by now, she had gotten up and turned off the computer. A few minutes later, the power for our whole house went off.
Expect God to use these little matters to teach you to be sensitive to His voice, and to act on what He says. You’ll often tell yourself, “I’m glad I responded.”
Often, many of us hear from God about little things and pay no attention. It wasn’t that we want to ignore the Lord; it’s that His voice sounds like our own thoughts. Then, later, we end up saying, “I knew what I should have done. I wish I’d responded.”
Have you had this kind of experience? It’s a wake-up call. God wants to wake you up to His voice.
God often uses little things to teach us. If we make a mistake, it doesn’t cause devastating damage.
I love the story of Jeremiah, who heard something from God about a piece of property. Was it really the voice of God, or was it just the prophet’s imagination? The only way to find out was to see if god’s word started coming to pass. More about this in the 31-day devotional, “Learn To Hear From God. See Jeremiah’s Test.
Did JoAnn really hear from God that she should turn off the computer? Yes. She acted on what she heard, and circumstances quickly confirmed that she had really heard from God and not just from her own imagination.
When these little events happen in your own life, recognize that you are in the school of the Spirit. He’s teaching you to be sensitive to His voice.
Pay attention to these little things. You never know when your being able to hear from God might be a matter of life and death — if not for you, then for someone else. Let God prepare you, so you’ll be ready when it really matters.
Stan Smith :: © 2011, GospelSmith :: www.GospelSmith.com