An aside for those who feel like “maybe God’s talking to me”
I read a lot of posts where someone will say … “I feel strangely drawn to God (or to Jesus) and don’t really know why”. Sometimes they’ll even say, “I feel like He’s been speaking to me”. Often (because of what I do) I hear this from folks who are pagans – sometimes from atheists/agnostics/folks who just don’t really believe. Sometimes also from Christians who wandered away from God to “not much of anything” some time back.
People feeling like God is somehow communicating with them need to know that God’s always working, always speaking, always attempting to say to you “Hey! I love you!” Yes – God will draw you to Himself, will woo you in fact! Not everyone comes to Christ this way (some come to faith via intellect/apologetics, for example) – but many people do report some sort of
- discussion (like prayer)
- unexplainable circumstances
- experiencing/witnessing a miracle
For some people His wooing is as subtle as the caress of the wind – but it’s getting their attention. For others (like myself), “subtle” isn’t the name of the day and He uses what the Bible calls “signs and wonders” – really amazing things like healings and visions. (He tried subtle with me over the years. When I refused to pay attention, He got out the two-by-four. My testimony’s available on exwitch.org. Best thing that ever happened to me. 🙂 ). A lot of people who hear from him as a “caress of the wind” say, “Why doesn’t He talk to me in dreams or visions or just come for tea?” The simple answer is that He knows what it will take to get your attention. He wants your faith and your love. 🙂 Also – many people who experience “signs and wonders” end up wondering “what have I done to warrant THIS sort of attention?!” Believe me – it can be a bit overwhelming. Although I am grateful – SO grateful -!- to God for the miracles He used to get my attention, I do wish I had listened from the very beginning. Although I often make the excuse of not having the opportunity, not having ever heard an adequate witness of the gospel– that’s really an excuse. I *could* have sorted it out on my own. I *could* have gone to a church, or to people I knew were Christians… if I had listened to that wooing.
I’d also like to say – sometimes that communication from above is more obvious than at other times in our lives. Probably this is because sometimes we listen better than at other times! Also sometimes there’s less “background noise”…but He is always there.
If you’re feeling like God is trying to get your attention – first make sure it is, in fact, the God of the Bible. He won’t lead you off to another religion, or to do anything contrary to His word (steal for example, or divorce your spouse.) It’s ok to make sure it’s really Him. He won’t be offended, in fact the Bible says to do so. I mention this, by the way, because we’ve heard from many pagans that “God told me that I should serve the goddess” or “He said it was ok to (__fill in sin here__) or “Well – you call Him “Jesus” but the voice said I should call him _(insert name here)_ but that it’s all the same god.” The folks who present these arguments are sincere. (I have to say this, for a few of the Christians who are reading this). They’re not whack-jobs. Most of them honestly believe they are serving the God of the Bible. Remember that satan comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. One of his primary weapons is deception. God says we’re to worship Him, and no other – and in no other name. Sin is that which separates us from God, and so He also gives us a prescription for safe and healthy living with Him. He wants us to draw close, to love Him, to worship Him.
Once you know it’s Him – take some time to really evaluate the situation. The Creator of the entire universe – of you – is taking time to talk to you 🙂 Whether you’ve prayed before or not – try talking back! If you’re a person who’s been hurt and you’re feeling angry at Him – tell Him about it. He’s big enough to handle it. I know some people who’ve actually yelled at God… gotten it all out, gotten it all off their chests, and when they were done they realized that the situations they’d been through weren’t HIS fault and that He really had been there with them. When the yelling dissolves into tears He steps in, picks them up, and the person realizes that He really does love them.
On the one hand, through this process, you should take your time. In other words, if you suddenly feel like God’s up to something on Tuesday afternoon – don’t expect that you’re going to be a Christian – or not – by Sunday and the question will be resolved forever and ever. It might be. Or it might not. Sometimes something will happen and BAM! a decision for Christ is made and its wonderful. I’ve also met folks who have gone for months – carefully examining every facet of “what could be.” The danger, when things go for a long time period, is that you might be tempted to write it all off, to dismiss it, to chalk it up to circumstances.
Given that God LOVES you (yes – you 🙂 ) and that He is always attempting to reach out to you — yes, He’s trying to talk to you, to tell you. Will you listen? Will you respond?