How God Speaks: When We Seek His Heart

We all want to hear from God. At least, many of us do. We want that special revelation, to receive that call, or perhaps the answer to that problem or decision we’ve been wrestling over. I’ve been in that place so many times, and I’m certain I’ll land there again. But while God indeed wants us to continually seek His guidance, His desire for us go so much deeper.

He wants our hearts. He wants us. All of us. And He wants us to want Him—more than His answers or solutions. When I’m in that place of wrestling, I have to ask myself, what do I want more? That “special word” from God or God to connect with God Himself?

And here’s what’s beautiful. When I seek God’s presence above all else, His guidance follows. In fact, His guidance becomes a part of me as He gently yet consistently molds my heart and will and transforms my thinking.

I hear Him most clearly when I lose myself in Him and make Him and Him alone my prize. What a tender, loving, and faithful Father He is! He draws me to Himself, invites me to worship, and then, in this context of love—love from Him to me and me to Him—He speaks. And in that moment of divine intimacy, all confusion, angst, and anxiety flee as confidence and courage well within.

He inspires me to do His will and empowers me for whatever’s ahead. This has always been His way.

The apostle Paul, perhaps the most effective and empowered missionary of all time, is a great example of this. You can read about his history and journeys in the book of Acts, but to paraphrase, while he was vehemently seeking to persecute God’s children, Christ intervened, transformed him, and ignited within him a new, life-giving passion to share the gospel.

That’s God’s call for all of us—to proclaim the power and reality of grace. But we each also have a more unique, more defined call as well, perhaps to mentor youth or write encouraging letters to shut-ins or teach Bible studies to young moms.

Some of you may have discovered how God wants to use you in this season, but perhaps you’re not quite certain. Maybe you’re in a period of waiting and God seems silent, and so you’re asking, maybe even begging, for Him to reveal your next steps. I get it. Those “blurry” periods can be difficult and painful, and in the waiting, we might be tempted to seek God’s call more than we seek Him—forgetting that He alone is the source of all that is good and hope-filled, fulfilling, and true. Forgetting that He is faithful to give us all we need, answers included, when we need it.

There’s a sense of rest, and power, displayed by those who get that, who’ve learned to consistently quiet themselves in God’s presence,  and to seek His presence above all. Paul exemplified this. “For me to live is Christ,” he wrote, “and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21, NIV). It was from that sense of devotion, of connection, that he received his unique, history-changing call to share Christ with the Gentiles. Acts 13:2 tells us while the prophets and teachers at Antioch “were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them” (NLT).

In the middle of worship, God spoke.

That’s often how He interacts with us as well, because while, yes, He longs to guide us, He longs for us more.

There’s a sense of rest, and power, displayed by those who get that, who’ve learned to consistently quiet themselves in God’s presence, and to seek His presence above all. Paul exemplified this. “For me to live is Christ,” he wrote, “and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21, NIV). It was from that sense of devotion, of connection, that he received his unique, history-changing call to share Christ with the Gentiles. Acts 13:2 tells us while the prophets and teachers at Antioch “were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’” (NIV).

In the middle of worship, God spoke.

That’s often how He interacts with us as well, because while, yes, He longs to guide us, He longs for us more.

Let’s talk about this! How do you connect with God? When do you tend to feel closest to Him? What are some ways you intentionally cultivate a relationship with Christ?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Scripture used from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

2 thoughts on “How God Speaks: When We Seek His Heart

  1. Hi Jennifer, praise God for this encouraging piece. There’s a sense of rest, and power, displayed by those who’ve learned to consistently quiet themselves in God’s presence, and to seek His presence above all. I’m a youth leader at our church and so my week was crazy busy, on Tuesday’s we would have bible studies, Wednesday was mid-week church service at 7pm, Thursday we had home-group, Friday was youth, Saturday was choir practice and Sunday both 7am and again at 12pm was our services. Now when COVID-19 started all of these things that once was a part of my everyday schedule were all taken away and all I had left as an essential worker was WORK – a 9-5 job I still don’t think I have a passion for. Anyways, since the start of lock down here in NZ my family decided we would journey with Exodus. From the beginning with the Israelites, we feel and become them especially in these times. And what became clearer to me as we journeyed with them is that I was so busy doing God’s work that I began to lack in the relationship I had with God. God doesn’t want just our works, like yes it’s good but above all else, he just wants that relationship with us, you know? And so just coming across this reiterates this for me. I have more time now then before with God. I get to read His word in depth instead of skim reading for the sake of having it ticked on my to-do list. My prayers are more meaningful and not rushed. I have time to blog my ‘Dear Future Husband’ and I have been spending time with my family in prayer and in scripture. Thank you for this. I only see now in the reconnecting of my relationship with God that my true rest and peace is found. So when COVID-19 is done, I don’t want to go back to what we all say as “normal” I want what I have now to become the new normal. God bless you 🙂

    • Hi, friend! Thanks for taking the time to pop in and engage in the conversation. I love how God is drawing you to Himself and how attentively you are listening to Him! That’s so beautiful!

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