I swear at times I feel as though God NEVER speaks to me. It’s like I am walking around in the world knowing that God is walking right beside me, but yet he never says anything. If you thought you were the only one that has felt this way you would be dead wrong. Just because I pour out to others in ministry through the platform of a podcast doesn’t mean that I’m excluded from these feelings; it’s quite the contrary. I’m on a journey in a fallen world just like all of you are. And sometimes, I don’t think God talks to me or even wants to talk to me. I’ve asked God, “Why haven’t you responded to my prayer yet that I’ve been talking about for the past month?” Or, “Where were you when I needed to hear from you 12 hours ago?” And shockingly enough, He doesn’t even answer me those questions either.
It’s funny how soon as you become to feel frustrated with God and ready to throw in the towel, he convicts your heart and speaks to your spirit in a quiet voice. As I was moaning and groaning to myself about how God never speaks to me, and I read all these books about how to recognize God’s voice, and read the scripture waiting for Him to reveal himself to me, is when I realized God has been speaking to me all along and I’ve chosen to ignore Him. “But Lindsey,” you may be saying, “I always adhere to God’s voice.” Do you really though? I realized God has been speaking to me all along when something in my spirit would urge me to not eat that donut or three for breakfast. I realized God has been speaking to me all along when something in my spirit said to let that boy go and no longer answer his calls. I realized God has been speaking to me all along when something in my spirit told me to say a pray for my co-worker soon as I walked into my office. Are you seeing a pattern here ladies?...
I’m not going to go on a tangent about how God speaks to us in a still small voice because I believe that God speaks to us constantly, consistently, loudly and softly. His voice and how He speaks is not limited; we however choose to put God in a box and have an expectation in our mind of how we think we should hear from God. I realized that all throughout my day when I have a feeling in my gut it’s actually a “spirit-check” which is God speaking to me in the way that He sees fit. If you’re ignoring what we feel are small mundane things daily, why would God speak to you about life changing things you’ve been praying for if you’re not obeying the small things He’s telling you?
Sometimes it is hard to recognize God’s voice, I’ll be the first to admit that. But often times I believe that the problem isn’t recognizing God’s voice, but it’s adhering to His voice and commands in your life. When you feel a nudge to go pray instead of watching your “shows,” that’s God. When you have a bad feeling about the company you surround yourself with, that’s God. And when you know you are called to do great things and serve a great purpose. that’s also God. There is only one place in scripture where God is said to speak in a “still small voice” and it was to Elijah in 1 Kings chapters 18 & 19. Scripture says that the Lord sent a mighty wind, earthquake, and a fire but that His voice wasn’t in any of those but in a gentle whisper. God sent his son Jesus Christ to be executed on a cross for our transgressions so that He could resurrect and live within each of us by way of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is ALWAYS speaking, the question is are you listening, are you obeying, and are you tuned in to Him? In Zechariah 4:6 it says “…not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” meaning that God’s work in you can be done by his Holy Spirit. His Spirit is speaking to you sister, but with anything in life it’s progressive. If you obey God’s voice in the small daily things, I promise that in due time He’ll reveal to you the greater things.