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Do you notice God in the little things throughout your day or do you tend to look for Him only in those big “God Moments” where it is unmistakably Him? Finding God in all things throughout the day requires you to look away from those big “sky parting” moments and see the mundane, every day things.
Let’s look at how we can see God in the every day and go about finding God in all things!
Finding God in All Things Big and Small
I admit, I can go about my day with blinders on!
I have a friend who is wonderful about extracting God-lessons from the smallest of moments in her day! I would watch her videos and see her share these small nuggets of wisdom God would share with her, even about a dirty dish!
It made me feel like somehow I wasn’t as “spiritual” as she was because I wasn’t getting these same nuggets! I felt like maybe God was sharing more with her and maybe I was lacking something! Oh that comparison trap!
Isn’t it funny how sometimes the first place we go to is that GOD is not giving us a blessing, instead of looking at how WE are blocking that blessing?
Oh and I was blocking! I was blocking by allowing distractions and blinders to hinder God’s voice!
I was looking for God only in those big moments; during prayer, during Bible reading, those BIG answers to prayer! But I was missing Him in the mundane!
But I am not alone in expecting God to move in BIG ways while maybe missing the whispers!
Finding God in the Whisper
But let’s look at Elijah’s encounter with God in ways he wasn’t looking for!
1 Kings 19:11-13
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”NKJV
So we see here that Elijah went up on the mountain to wait for the Lord.
First, a strong wind, strong enough to break the rocks in pieces, came through and the verse seems to allude to the fact that Elijah was expecting to see God in the wind, but He was not.
Then we see an earthquake occurred. Once again, the verses indicate that God was not in the earthquake.
Then a fire! Surely the Lord MUST be in the fire! After all, He spoke to Moses in the burning bush!
But the Lord was not in the fire.
Then it tells us, after the fire, was a still, small voice.
Elijah heard this still, small voice and went to the entrance of the cave and there God spoke with him.
God in All Things
While Elijah was expecting God to come in like a lion, he wasn’t completely deaf to the small whisper of the lamb! He heard him! He wasn’t expecting Him that way but still, he heard Him.
Do we hear Him?
Or are we waiting for Him in the whirlwinds, earthquakes and fires?
Oh don’t get me wrong friend! He WILL speak to you that way! There are times God comes through in my life in a BIG way!
But He is also speaking to us in those small moments, in those nuggets.
God wasn’t imparting some special wisdom to my friend there! I had the same ability to hear Him as she did!
The difference was in the listening, not the speaking!
Finding God When We Look for Him – Living Listening
Psalm 5:3 says
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.ESV
David said in the morning he prays, he prepares a sacrifice for the Lord and then, he watches.
The Hebrew word for ‘watch’ here is ‘tsaphah’ and it means
To keep watch, spy, watch closely
David prayed, praised, sacrificed and then watched. He EXPECTED to hear from God.
Are we watching? Are we looking for those ‘God Moments’ through our days?
We can miss that still, small voice in the busyness of life. I know that is what happened with me!
Busy got in the way of the Spirit speaking to me!
While my friend was cooking dinner and WATCHING for ways God may speak to her in the mundane task of cooking, I was just trying to trudge through this task and get it over with.
She was seeing the blessing in the moment while I was just trying to get to the NEXT moment!
Wow, what a lesson this godly friend has taught me in her example of living listening! Are we listening for Him in our daily living?
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God’s Answers Prayers in Ways We May Not Expect
Do we miss God’s answers to prayers because we have an expectation of how He SHOULD respond to us?
Are we looking for those grand gestures like you might find the triplets doing on the show ‘This is Us’ or are you looking for ways He might respond that could be gentle nudges, soft whispers or even “be still and wait“?
In John 10:27, Jesus says:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.ESV
He says that those who belong to Him, His sheep, HEAR His voice.
In one of my favorite verses on hearing from God, Jeremiah 33:3 says:
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.ESV
If we take the time in our day to call to Him, to ask Him to show up, to ask Him to speak with us in the every day, if we make a point of finding God in the every day things, He WILL speak to us! And what I love about this verse is that it says He will tell us GREAT and HIDDEN things that we have not known!
I think of these as those ‘nuggets’ or lessons He gives us in all we do.
And in times like this I feel the world needs to do far more listening because I sense God speaking to us more than ever!
Are we living listening or are we living distracted?
Finding God in Obedience
We see that we need to not only look for God in the wind, the earthquake and the fire, but also in the whisper. But once we become attuned to hearing His voice, how do we keep on hearing it?
Luke 11:28 says
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”NIV
If you think about it in terms of people, if you keep talking to someone who doesn’t listen, eventually you may not talk to them as much. You might see it as futile and may feel you will just not speak until they bother listening.
One of the ways we become more tuned in to hearing the voice of God is by listening and obeying.
My former Rabbi once said that we have two jobs in the Kingdom; listen and obey! Seems pretty simple, right?
But many times, we seek God and even hear Him and then go off in another direction.
Listen and obey!
Jesus stresses this in the above mentioned verse! Blessed are those who HEAR and OBEY!
As a Jewish believer, I love to use the Shema as an example!
The Shema is probably the single most important prayer in all of Judaism. It is recited daily and it affirms God’s role as King and Lord!
You can find the first line of the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!NIV
The most important prayer in Judaism begins with the word “HEAR”.
The Shema then goes on in Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.NIV
After HEAR it goes on to talk about OBEYING the Word of God!
Hear and Obey!
Will we always get it right? No! But the more we tune in to hear those still whispers and step out in obedience and lean into Him, the more we will hear!
Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect! If we practice listening for the whispers and not only look for the big sonic booms or a voice like James Earl Jones speaking from the heavens, we will realize He speaks to us more often than we realize!
6 Bible Verses on Hearing and Obeying the Lord
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Hear and obey! Set your heart toward finding God in all things, finding God in the every day! Listen for the still, small voice and practice stepping out in faith and trusting Him! If you make a mistake it’s ok! He will never fail you; you’ll just get to take the test over again!
If you make a mistake it’s ok! He will never fail you; you’ll just get to take the test over again!
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