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The Voice of God

The Voice of God

This is a season of many out-of-the-ordinary things…

Distant relationships…

Working from home…

Missing graduations…

Binging WAY too much Netflix…

For most of us, reality is vastly different than it was a couple months ago. It may feel like life is on hold, or even that what used to be solid ground beneath you is now loose, unsteady quicksand. This might be one of the biggest proverbial potholes you’ve ever hit, and chances are you feel a little bit wrecked by it all.

I know that I certainly do at times…

 

My most recent Netflix binge of the quarantine is a show called Waco, which dramatically retells the story of the Waco siege in 1993. The story follows the leader of the Branch-Davidian religious sect named David Koresh. He and his group of followers enter into a battle with the ATF and FBI who attempt to collect their potentially illegal stockpile of firearms, but the battle turns into a long lasting siege and David’s decisions have a huge impact on the outcome.

In this show, David’s primary method of making decisions is by listening for the “voice of God”. Every big choice seems to come from God Himself, but what this “God” is telling David to do really doesn’t seem to line up with who I believe my God to be. Not that that’s really surprising based on how this religious sect operates in the first place…

But I think that all of this does leave us with a very important question, and that is, how DO we hear from God?? And how do we handle what we’ve heard when we figure out what he’s saying?

 

To answer this question, I want to bring in a tool I learned from East End Fellowship Called Hear & Obey. This process walks us through how to listen for the voice of God, and how to respond to what he’s said, and it starts with something called a Kairos moment.

Kairos is another word for time, but it refers to an event rather than a specific time of day. This Kairos moment is like a speed bump or pothole in your life, and depending on its size you will most likely notice it. This event is God’s way of getting your attention, and could be anything from a line of a song stuck in your head to a loved one passing away…

So, you’ve had a Kairos moment. Now, the first step in the process is to observe. Notice what you are feeling and begin to process what just happened. Ask yourself, “why did this event cause me to feel the way I’m now feeling”? Be present to your own emotions and open yourself up the idea that God could be trying to get your attention.

After we observe, the next step is to pray. Ask God, “why this moment? Why did you choose to get my attention in this specific way?” At this point the Holy Spirit might give you an answer, but regardless, the greater purpose of this is that we are drawing closer to God. The first half of this process is us accepting God’s invitation to come near.

After prayerful reflection on this moment, the next step is to discern using the Word and trusted fellow believers. We take our questions and reflections to the Word of God and allow it to work on our hearts, considering what God has already said as a reference for what he might be saying. Then we take our honest thoughts to a trusted fellow disciple and ask for their wisdom and insight into what we might be hearing.

At this point in the process we need to ask ourselves, “Ok, so what is God actually saying!” And we may not have a clear answer to that question, and that’s ok! If no clear word from God has presented itself in our minds then we simply move on and continue walking in the Spirit. But if we do in fact have an answer to what God might be saying then it’s time to move forward.

Loosely holding this word from God, the next thing we need to do is come up with a next step. This is basically our action plan for how we intend to respond to what we’ve heard from God.
Because the difference between the man who built his house on the rock and the one who built his on the sand is that the man who built on the rock DID what Jesus commanded. So like the wise man, we are making a plan to do something.

After making a game plan, the next thing we are going to do is account and act. In the same way that we need people to speak into what God might be saying and what our next step might be, we also need our community to lovingly hold us accountable to what we decided to do. And finally, we act. We have heard what God has said and now we will obey.

 

In this season of life where everything is topsy-turvy and upside-down, I think it’s possible you have experienced many kairos moments. In fact, this whole pandemic could be a kairos moment! So in the days to follow I want to encourage you to look for ways that God might be trying to get your attention though everything that’s going on. Keep your eyes open for speed bumps that He might be using to invite you into deeper relationship, and keep building your house on the firm foundation of obedience.

-Hayden Hobby

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."


-Matthew 7:24-27

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