I once asked, “How do I know when God is talking to me?” I didn’t even understand what it meant to have a relationship with God. But I would ask that question because my first thought would be, “Is God even listening?”
Some of us hear stories from people who say God told them to do this or that, and so forth. I can attest to my mom saying that the Lord has her up early in the morning to pray! In that moment she may not know why, but she’s willing to be obedient.
It’s been a few years since I questioned, “How do I know when God is talking to me?” I would like to say that I have grown spiritually since them and have developed a better relationship with the Lord. But to be honest, I cannot say that I still know when God is talking to me…
Many people have lost faith in God because they believed He was never there during their hardship. They believed He never answered their prayers. And that brought them to believe that He wasn’t even worth their time.
If you don’t understand what it means to have a relationship with God, how do you expect to know if He’s listening to you?
Despite my uncertainty of knowing when God is talking to me, I do know when He is listening. I mentioned this in an earlier post, I said how I asked God for all of these things, one being: to work less so I can get time to myself to figure out what I want to do with my life (very broad considering I’m still figuring that out!).
It is so crazy because God literally gave me all of the things I asked for. It didn’t come right away, but looking back, I realized that I was literally given everything I wanted. I have to say that it’s crazy because in that moment I didn’t think it was possible and I didn’t know what I was going to do!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:19).
God truly does work in mysterious ways because He wants the best for us and He knows when it’s the right time to give us those things we desire. I’m not going to say that God is going to give you EVERYTHING you ask for, but I wouldn’t put my mind past it.
Usually, when we ask for something, we want it right away (at least that’s how I am) and it can be slightly frustrating when we don’t get the things that we want; we work extra hard and still don’t see the results. And to make things even worst we see people who, we believe, haven’t worked as us, get rewarded!
Psalm 104:19 says, “He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down.” To go back to my story, during that moment of me working every day, I didn’t take the time to appreciate the moment. I made that decision to work every day, so I knew it was going to be stressful, but I also knew it wasn’t going to last forever! My time was coming for God to bless me with another opportunity and He did!
Even you don’t have a great relationship with him, you should know if He’s listening.
Three key questions to keep in mind to see if God is listening:
- Have you prepared yourself for what you’re asking for; mentally and physically?
- Is this the appropriate time?
- Is what you’re asking for something you need or want?
Sometimes we chose not to listen and act like we don’t know. It’s weird because we ask God for all of these things, yet we don’t put in the work to get them. And we get mad when we don’t get them so we may blame God. Even if that’s not the case of you, asking for something physical rather God to change your situation, you still have to put in the effort.
We can only do so much and we know the control we have, so whatever is out of our control should be left up to God! I am going to stress that there is NEVER a need to worry; why worry when it’s out of your control?
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16.18).
Be thankful in your current situation. Take the time to count your blessing because you don’t want to look back on a situation where you missed an opportunity because you were blinded by the negative.
Thanks for reading,