Can You Hear Me Now?

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At Craving God Ministries our goal is to provide encouragement through truth in the word to ignite passion and relationship so that you can answer this question with the one thing that matters most, God.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of television, especially clever commercials. One of my favorite commercials was from Verizon Wireless, with their iconic character walking to various places on his cell phone with the question, “can you hear me now?” followed by “good” as a way to show the company’s dominance in cell phone coverage. No matter how isolated or strange the location was, Verizon wanted you to know that you’d never lose connection.

It almost feels inappropriate to make an analogy using God and cell phones, but I can’t help but make the connection that no matter what, God has no dead zones when it comes to communicating with Him. Being in a desolate circumstance can often make us think otherwise, but it’s important for us to remember that God is always with us. Paul reminds us in Hebrews that God tells us “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). But what if we can’t even recognize how God is trying to speak to us when we finally accept that He is always there?

Early in my walk with the Lord, I found myself often getting discouraged when close friends or folks from church would share that they heard the Lord speak to them. As a newer Christian, I only imagined this communication as being an audible voice that I was not yet special or close enough to hear. I started to question if I was doing something “wrong” in my time with Him or if I even had a real relationship because I wasn’t “hearing” this voice that I believed the Lord to be communicating to everyone else with. I became so focused on this one specific type communication with the Lord that I started to lose sight of the possibility that the Lord was communicating with me in a completely different way.

Sweet sister, have you ever found yourself in this place like me? So single-minded that the Lord would only communicate with you in one way? I have always loved the quote “comparison is the thief of joy” because boy did it steal my joy when I constantly compared my relationship with the Lord to that of other believers. The truth is my friend, our Lord is big enough, powerful enough, and great enough to communicate with each of us in a unique way because He knows each of His children so well.

“For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man; he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.” Job 33:14-18

Just like a cell phone (yes I have to bring that analogy back up), there are quite a few ways that communication with the Lord can take place. Perhaps He does speak to you audibly and you’ve heard His voice within your heart during a desperate situation or quiet reflection about a circumstance. Or maybe the Lord is communicating with you through the text of His Word, revealing to you His comfort and assurance over a particular conflict with living scripture. The Lord may even communicate with you through a vision regarding His will for your life. I have also learned in fellowship with other believers that the Lord often communicates to us through other people, whether it’s a friend, family member, or pastor. Their words may come as a warning, a blessing, or as a prophetic truth about our lives as their message to us aligns with Scripture.

“Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.” Habbakuk 2:2

God may also speak to us through our circumstances. As we’re in seasons of struggle, the Lord may use this situation as a place for us to initiate communication and cry out to Him. Our place of fear or struggle may be the last place we expect to find the Lord, but it’s in this place that we recognize He is the only one that can fix it.

As I reflected on this message about connecting with God, I was reminded of the song, “Find You Here” by Ellie Holcomb:

It’s not the news that any of us hoped that we would hear,

It’s not the road we would have chosen, no.

The only thing that we can see is darkness up ahead –

But you’re asking us to lay our worry down and sing a song instead.

And I didn’t know I’d find you here, in the middle of my deepest fear,

but you were drawing near, you were overwhelming me with peace.

So I lift my voice and sing: “You’re gonna carry us through everything!”

You were drawing near, you’re overwhelming all my fears with peace.

You say that I should come to you with everything I need.

You’re asking me to thank you even when the pain is deep.

You promise that you’ll come and meet us on the road ahead.

And no matter what the fear says, you give me a reason to be glad.

And I didn’t know I’d find you here, in the middle of my deepest fear,

but you were drawing near me, you were overwhelming me with peace.

So I lift my voice and sing: “You’re gonna carry me through everything.”

You were drawing near, you’re overwhelming all my fear.

Here in the middle of the lonely night, here in the middle of the losing fight,

you’re here in the middle of the deep regret, here when the healing hasn’t happened yet.

Here in the middle of the desert place, here in the middle when I cannot see your face,

Here in the middle with your outstretched arms, you can see my pain and it breaks your heart.

And I didn’t know I’d find you here, in the middle of my deepest fear,

but you were drawing near, you were overwhelming me with peace.

So I lift my voice and sing: “You’re gonna carry me through everything!”

And you were drawing near, you’re overwhelming all my fears with peace.

Rejoice, rejoice! Don’t have to worry about a single thing,

‘Cause you were overwhelming me with peace.

Don’t have to worry about a single thing! You’re gonna carry us through everything.

Overwhelming peace.

Father God, Your greatness humbles me every day.
Lord, I pray that I would open my eyes and my heart each morning to all of the ways You communicate Your love and guidance to us.  Help us to see that You are not limited to one way of communicating with us, but that as Your children we can always draw close to you and feel Your presence. We thank You always for Your grace, mercy, and ultimate gift of salvation.  

It’s in Your precious name we pray, Amen.

~ Sheena Gregg

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