And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV
A few days ago, I was asked by a commenter on this blog how I experienced God's presence. Here goes.
I experience God through ...
- My daily bible reading. Because my devotional time consists of a sequential reading of the bible from Genesis to Revelation, the timing of when a particular passage coincides with a particular situation in my life left up to God and not to me. As a result, when I am praying about an issue and come across an applicable scripture passage in my daily reading, I know God has spoken!
- My daily life circumstances. When I am seeking God's wisdom, direction or comfort in a situation, I often "happen" to hear radio preachers speak on the exact issue I'm considering, in times where I just "happen" to turn on the radio. In addition, some of my best "God moments" have come when I forced myself to attend church even though I didn't want to. :)
- My daily people contacts. I wish I'd journaled every time I've prayed privately about something and received a comment or bible verse from a friend "out of the blue" regarding my situation.
I experience God when ...
- I surrender my own agenda. When I look back on my life objectively, I realize that I don't usually clearly see or experience God's hand in my life when I am consumed with creating my own solutions to my problems. In other words, when I seek God without having my own agenda in mind, I hear from Him.
- I surrender my self-sufficiency. Until I admit how helpless I am on my own, I don't hear from God, most likely because I'm not really wanting to hear what He has to say.
- I surrender my pride. God won't hear our prayers if we haven't come clean before Him in confession of our sins. Clean slates with God are necessary if we want to hear from Him.
In saying all of this, please know that I surely do not have the edge on anyone else in experiencing God's presence in my life. I think that all Christians have the ability to experience Him, but I also know that not all Christians expect to see Him work in their lives. In my experience, both personally and in working with others, the more time we spend with Him in His word and in prayer, the more of Him we will see. Remember, God's word says that we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole hearts. That's a promise.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.