It’s a line I hear often. I heard it again recently chatting with a friend. I’d just shared one of those stories of how God had spoken – a prophetic dream that miraculously came to pass.
She looks at me and says; “Oh, but I don’t hear from God like you do..”
The look of disappointment: the shoulder shrug of resignation. That feeling like it’s all too hard.
What she said bothered me then and it bothers me now. I went away puzzling over it. Why? Why do I hear from God like that while she doesn’t? She loves God. She’s faithful. A godly family, a strong Christian. But she doesn’t have a spectacular God-story like mine to share. Why is that?
Some would say; it’s a gifting right? That’s because you’re a pastor; that’s your specialty.
Some would say; Oh those kind of experiences are the exception. Normal life – even the Spirit-filled life – isn’t like that. You shouldn’t expect it to be.
Some would say; Faith is trusting God without words like that, without signs and fleeces. True faith doesn’t need that stuff.
Why do people find it so hard to hear from God? What makes it easier? What makes it more difficult? Is it affected by personality? By Bible knowledge? Is it more for those who sit cross-legged on top of a mountain for hours at a time?
What would you say?
Today’s podcast explores this question in more detail.
Look out for Part 2 of “I Don’t Hear from God like You Do” next time!
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Bible References referred to in this episode:
- John 15:15
- Acts 2:16,17
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- DVD Series: The Other Side of the Conversation – Episode 3 covers many of these themes.