Just Listen

Just Listen“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said…” - Acts 13:2 A group of believers in the early church at Antioch were spending time worshiping and “ministering” to the Lord. While using their respective gifts, doing what God had equipped them to do, and sincerely seeking His will, the Holy Spirit spoke to them.

This is significant! 

We think we need to go to a cave or isolate ourselves in nature in order to hear the voice of God in a dramatic fashion.

Of course we have the examples of Moses and the burning bush, and Saul/Paul’s dramatic encounter on the road to Damascus. But those encounters are the exception. For most of us, most of the time, when God speaks to us it is while we are going about our daily business, exercising our gifts, and keeping our hearts open to the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

But it is no less dramatic or significant!

One of my most dramatic encounters with the Lord occurred during a difficult trial in my life. Frustrated and anxious, I went out to the back yard and pulled weeds, telling God I just didn’t know what to do anymore, that He would have to handle everything because I certainly couldn’t.

And He spoke. 

He reassured me about my circumstances.

He gave me guidance.

Peace flooded my soul and I knew He was in control. That was actually a very pivotal moment in my life and ministry.

These believers in the book of Acts were “ministering to the Lord.”  That means they were attending to the Lord, worshiping either through praise and prayer or through their deeds. They had fasted. Their hearts were eagerly seeking Him. As we do the work God has set before us—whether it be a specific ministry, job, studies, or wherever He has placed us—we can expect to hear from God.

How does He speak? 

It could be through a prophecy spoken by another believer, through His Word, a message, circumstances, the small, still voice of the Holy Spirit—or any way He chooses.

Just be sure to listen.

[Photo: Kevin Carden, CreationSwap]