Does God still speak to us today?
Let me tell you a little story, and you be the judge.
I went on my walk today, as usual. As usual, I prayed as I walked.
I was praying about a particular person who often irritates me. It’s because of a certain mental issue this person has (it’s diagnosed and everything, so it’s not just in my head).
This “condition” causes my friend–and me–a lot of problems. So, I was praying that God would fix this condition, or at least let it not be a hindrance today.
No sooner had I prayed, “God, fix this person,” than words formed clearly in my mind: “I do not fix people, I only love them.”
Stunned, I stopped praying for a moment. Then I asked, “But isn’t this a problem? Don’t people have real issues, things they need to be healed of?”
More words came: “Love heals.”
“What about sin?” I asked. “Surely sin breaks us, and we need fixing then.”
“Love cleanses as well.”
So I’m left to ponder these words. God doesn’t fix people, he loves them, and the love heals and cleanses.
Are these God’s words, do you think?
I do. I believe the Holy Spirit whispers into our soul at times.
One of the ways I recognized that Voice is I never would have thought the words on my own. Also, often, I’m not at all comfortable with them. That was certainly true in this case.
I like to fix things–and people. Another thing that happened when I prayed that God would “fix” my loved one, was a strong sense of how prideful that request was.
This other person needed “fixing,” but not me?
This is how God speaks, and works, at least in my life.
He answers me in prayer, through words that form in my mind that are consistent with Scripture. (Can you think of any verses that talk about God fixing people? Plenty about God loving, healing, and cleansing.)
He convicts me of my own sin, gently but clearly pointing out the real problems I need to focus on (i.e. issues in my own life, like my pride, rather than changing other people).
And as he shows me more of who he is, he also shows me how I am to be. He loves people, and so must I. If I love well, healing may well occur.
Other prayers were answered in this brief conversation. (Another thing I notice when God speaks: He’s never verbose.)
The more I pondered the words I’d been given, the more I saw they answered not only about my issue with my friend, but also a seemingly unrelated prayer, about how to simplify my life.
The answer is love. Love simplifies things. Loving others is the answer to many issues.
I welcome your comments on how God speaks to you.