In my last blog I reflected on Paul’s description of what God had sent him to do, to call people from among all Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1v5.
I want to continue those reflections. We can only be obedient if we know what to do! How do we know what to do? We know what to do because God speaks to us.
God speaks to us through scripture. We have clear guidelines about how to live our lives generally and specifically. We have instructions about personal ethics; about public ethics but we also have instructions to do what Jesus did! E.g. To pray for the sick, to cast out demons, to preach good news to the poor.
God also speaks to us personally. We, Jesus sheep, recognise the shepherd’s voice. We hear that voice in different ways; an impression, through verses of scripture that jump out of the page, through other people, through a strong desire to do something, through dreams and many more ways.
I have found over the years that God speaks to me so much more when I am in the place of obedience that comes from faith. When I am, for any reason, not fully in a place of willing obedience it seems I don’t hear much from God. Whether that is because He isn’t speaking or I’m not listening I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter.
What is important is that when I am in the place of obedience that comes from faith I don’t seem to have any problem hearing from God!
WRITTEN BY TONY THOMPSON
Tony is the leader of Hope Church Luton. He works full time for the church and is married to Anne and they have 2 sons.