Sometimes, I just don’t get God. I try to follow His will for my life, and I yearn to hear His voice. I pray, I worship, and I read His Word so I can have a close relationship with my beloved Creator.
Honestly, though, it’s a little hard and feels a little weird to listen for an inaudible voice. Sure, I’ve known spiritual leaders and mentors who’ve been able to hear the voice of God, and there’ve even been times when deep down I knew God was speaking to me.
But wouldn’t it be so great if the Holy Spirit spoke to us like our best friend does? Like, if we could go to Starbucks and chat about our lives over an Irish cream latte? I could tell Him about my day, how my classes are going, and how great it is to see Him working in the lives of students at church. Then He could tell me more about what He wants to do in my life… things I could be working on, how to rely on Him more, encourage me in the areas I’m doing well. How awesome would that be? I’m sure I would be so much more faithful and understand the will of God much better!
That was until I came across John chapter 16. Here Jesus is telling His disciples that He will be leaving soon. He says, “In just a little while I will be gone, and you won’t see me anymore. Then, just a little while after that, you will see me again.”
I think we sometimes put the disciples up on this super-spiritual level. By absolutely no means am I belittling their faith, teachings, and leadership in starting the early church. I look forward to the day when I sit down with each of them and listen to their experiences. But I believe they had some of the same doubts, confusion, and frankly bewilderment that we face today. For example, after Jesus predicted His death and resurrection, the disciples asked each other, “What does He mean…? We don’t understand.” If the people who talked, ate, and lived with God in the flesh still had trouble understanding, how much more we might too.
The truth is, we can’t fully comprehend the ways of God. If we could, then there would be no need to trust Him. His love for us is unfathomable. He uniquely created us, is crazily in love with us, and wants us to live in relationship with Him. But He is who He is (YHWH), and He has infinite knowledge. No, He is the Maker of all knowledge. Nothing exists outside of His design. So it’s no wonder we cannot fully comprehend Him and His plan.
It’s hard to imagine the One who created and maintains the universe wanting to talk with us. We can’t see Him, hear Him, touch Him. But He is here. He’s speaking to you. Quiet your mind, fill your heart with His Word, and worship His name.
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. Then there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.” 1 Kings 19:11-13