Focus Verse: This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children. Acts 17:27-28 AMP
Lately, God has been speaking to me differently from how He has in the past. It was kind of frustrating to me at first, because I had gotten so accustom to that voice and how He spoke, additionally, I had learned exactly what I needed to do to get to that place to hear Him clearly.
Leading up to the transition, I sensed a shift was occurring, but I didn’t know exactly where there would be a change. Honestly, at first I had mixed feelings about this shift, so many thoughts went through my head. I was angry, scared, confused. “Why are You not talking to me? What have I done to make You silent? Should I change my approach?” These were all some of the many thoughts I had. Imagine building a relationship with someone and you are consistently in communication, so much so, that you no longer have to question their motives or intentions, because you have grown to know them so well that their persona becomes second nature to you. When you first notice the change, it may not be as alarming, but then after a while, you start to question what’s going on. That’s the best way I can describe how I felt.
After I put my anger, fear and pride to the side and started to really look closely at things, I realized God never stopped speaking to me, He was just speaking to different areas of my life, in different ways than before.
Through this process, I was reminded of a few things. Although God never changes, the way He does things may. Just because He did it one way, in the past, or a certain way for someone else, doesn’t mean He will do it that same way for you, or the next time He does it. Don’t get comfortable in the way things have always been. When you do, you tend to overlook the very things He could be saying. Isaiah 43:19; Isaiah 55:8 When shifts like this occur, you really have to get in a posture to understand what is going on. Because of this you grow closer and deeper in Him. When you first started walking with Christ, what you used to do to develop your relationship, isn't alway enough to maintain it, as you go deeper. Click To Tweet I was reminded of just how much I really needed Him! Some of my most desperate prayers were simply, “Listen, God, real talk, I’m lost out here, and me not hearing You right now, coupled with the fact that I slick already think I know what I’m doing, really isn’t beneficial for any parties involved, so what we doing?” This caused me to consistently seek Him, to make certain I wasn’t getting in the way. 1 Chronicles 16:11
Everything God does is for a reason and with a purpose. I didn’t understand it at the time, but now I do, and I’m grateful for the process. Be open to how and when God is moving in your life so you are able to move with Him!