His followers cannot see Him, but all they see around them is evidence of Him. His voice does not echo in their ears; instead it resonates in the hearts of those who pause to listen.
Our God approaches,
and he is not silent.
Fire devours everything in his way,
and a great storm rages around him.
Psalm 50:3 NLT
For many years I tried to ignore God. I wanted to do my own thing. I’d grown up going to church so I knew He was out there. Like a toddler with her fingers in her ears, I didn’t want to pay attention. It took me sinking far enough: ending up pregnant at 17, losing my boyfriend and friends, and facing depressions that I paused and listened. And what was God trying to whisper to my heart? “I love you, Tricia. I have good plans for you. Come to me. Trust me.”
So many times we don’t want to pause and listen to God. We know we’re doing something we shouldn’t and we expect condemnation from our Creator. Yes, God will speak to us about our sanctification–about getting our lives and spirit right with Him–but every time I’ve come to Him in defeat, the first thing I feel around me is His arms of love.
Do you feel uneasy in your soul? That’s God speaking to you, telling you to come to Him.
Do you have guilt over a sin you don’t want to walk away from? That’s God speaking to you, telling you to come to Him.
Do you have a sense there is more to life than what you’ve been experiencing? That’s God speaking to you, telling you to come to Him.
Sit before Him.
Expect a stirring within.
Open His Word.
Read His truth.
Know the words of the Bible are for you.
When you seek God there may be a time of fire and storm–or at least that’s how it seems. But know that when He speaks Your life will be transformed, for beyond the storm there is a gentle voice, “I love you. I have good plans for you. Come to me. Trust me.”