“O LORD, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, And art intimately acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:1-3, NASB
God’s personal interest in our daily lives is real. Whether we recognize His presence or not, we can be assured He’s right by our side, willing and more than able to help us with quandaries we face. Sometimes, however, we fail to acknowledge His nearness, and we trudge through our mixed basket of challenges with a ‘Do It Yourself’ mindset. Or, we allow frustration and discouragement to cloud our judgment, affecting our actions and decisions.
Wait a minute… aren’t we supposed to trust in the LORD? Rely on God? Walk in the Spirit?
YES. Yet it’s easy to tackle adversities in our flesh rather than addressing them in the Spirit. Leaning on our own understanding,” referred to in Proverbs 3:5, can be our instant reaction instead of trusting the LORD. And depending on ourselves or others can satisfy our desire for an immediate solution.
So, how can we hear God’s voice in the midst of life’s clamor and noise?
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Throughout my Christian walk, I’ve often experienced God’s communication through an interesting pattern:
Repeated Scripture Verses/Themes
I’ve noticed that God sometimes reaches out by bringing the same verse or set of verses to my attention. It’s hard to miss when the same Scripture lands in front of me—in a daily devotional, my daily Bible reading, on the radio, in a sermon, and so on. I love how God does this. In my opinion, it’s unmistakable evidence of His interaction with me. He communicates His Word in relation to whatever circumstance I’m seeking Him in. It’s always fitting and comforting.
This repetition of Scripture has occurred more times than I can count, and the Lord occasionally combines it with a repeated theme. For instance, this past Saturday as I drove to the library to write class material, I heard Sanctus Real’s latest song, “Confidence.” Daniel, Moses, and King David are mentioned in conjunction with fighting against our giants. I turned the station when the song ended only to hear it on another station. Then, this morning, I decided to read a friend’s latest blog post, “Trusting God When the Future Feels Uncertain.” Beckie Lindsey’s words about Moses, the twelve spies, the Promised Land, and giants spoke to me concerning decisions I face. Amazingly, after reading her article, I opened my Bible to Numbers 13, my daily reading for today. Lo and behold, it’s the very chapter about Moses, the twelve spies, the Promised Land, and giants. Clearly God had something to say to me—particularly about Moses and giants. He is such a personal God!
Have you ever experienced this pattern of repetition in relation to God’s communication? Please leave a comment for everyone’s encouragement.
We belong to an AWESOME GOD!
In Christ’s Love,