Hearing God

I like to think of myself as a good  keeper of secrets (like in Seinfeld, if it’s in the vault, then it’s in the vault), but I really dislike not knowing secrets. I was the kid who searched for her Christmas presents and carefully lifted the wrapping paper to see what was inside. One year I had asked for a cabbage patch kid, and when I discovered it hidden in my parents closet (they weren’t good at hiding stuff) I freed her from her twisty-tie restraints, played with her and carefully put her back nearly every day until Christmas arrived. Yep, I don’t like surprises. I like to know.

Does it ever feel like God keeps too many secrets from you? Yay, I feel like that often. I had a friend over for lunch a while back, and she was bursting with all the things that God was speaking to her and showing her. I was happy for her but my thoughts went to, “Is He keeping stuff from me? Or am I just not close enough to Him for me to hear? Or stopping long enough to hear?” I’ve had questions lately with seemingly no response.

Then the words came to my mind and heart, “Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” Hosea 6:3

(See below for more promises of secrets revealed)

So, this brings me to a few commitments for this year:

  • I’m going to make more time and space to sit quietly with him, even if it’s just 5 minutes in my room with the door shut while the children watch Wild Kratts. This also means I’ve got to quiet the sounds of my cell phone, Facebook and the demands of life that scream sometimes.
  • I’m going to trust God more, even if I don’t know what He is saying, cuz let’s face it, my “needing to know” everything is more about control than anything else. I can be comfy knowing that Jesus Christ, the biggest mystery has been revealed already (Col. 1:27) and He lives in me! That is enough. So while He and I are sitting together, I’m going to be at peace, not straining to hear, trusting He says what I need to know in the moment.
  • I’m going to be ok with how God speaks to me and be open to the many ways He does. I’m not like everybody else.  I may not be as spiritual as others, but God and I are still getting to know each other.

Scriptures on Hearing

Col. 1:27 (ESV)

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1 Cor. 2:9-12 (ESV)

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

IS. 45:19 (AMP)

I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward]. I, the Lord, speak righteousness (the truth—trustworthy, straightforward correspondence between deeds and words); I declare things that are right.

Duet. 29:29 (NIV)

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

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