How does God communicate with us?
Yesterday, I picked up my Bible to do some reading and spend some time with the Lord. As I opened my Bible, it fell open to the book of Ezra in the Old Testament. I started to turn the page, but realized that I don’t know the story of Ezra. I’m sure I have read it before but I don’t remember a thing about this book. Feeling deeply compelled to read it, it didn’t take long for me to realize I was exactly where God wanted me to be.
The very first verse, Ezra 1:1, reads like this: “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put into writing:”
My favorite part of reading God’s word is when he makes certain words absolutely jump off the page and spring forth as an aha moment in my mind. What jumped off the page in this verse was “the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus.” Quite possibly, in most cases, this could have been easily overlooked. But it struck me because I often ask God to “create in me a clean heart” as it is written in Psalm 51:10. After reading this first verse of the very first chapter, I closed my eyes and literally took a deep breath. I am so grateful for the willingness of the Lord to be an active participant, not just a spectator, in our lives.
When God moves in our hearts, he is in essence communicating with us in the most beautiful, intimate and unique manner. We all long to hear from the Lord in our faith journey but can easily doubt if that’s really possible, especially these days when it feels like we are constantly bumper to bumper with wickedness and sin.
I’m going to share with you a personal, cringe worthy moment you may or may not identify with… At the beginning of my walk with Christ, when people used to say “God spoke to me,” or “God moved my heart to…” I secretly was like, ehhhh yeah ok sure. I thought it was just their inner thoughts making them think a certain way and claiming it to be from God. This is just one of many times I am so happy to have been humbled and corrected by the Lord, directly from his word!
We can actually be quite confident that he DOES still communicate with us as he did with others in the Bible, because Hebrews 13:8 assures us that “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” That is what you call a game changer! So with this understanding and after heartfelt repentance for all the times I silently judged people who said God spoke to them, I have been blessed to be able to see God move in my life and feel his direction with clarity and ease. Yes, HE MOVES MY HEART!!! He communicates with me. I just need to stay active with him and he stays active with me.
With the blessing of discernment, we know that his communication and direction will always line up with his word. He is the same now as he was then. He will not make up new rules or exceptions that are contrary to his word. His ways are perfect and just. Our journeys will not look the same, but we are ALL invited by God to have this relationship with him.
I pray that this random gem of a verse in Ezra will spark in you a new layer of excitement as it has for me. Our Father is so good and he wants us to be willing to communicate and connect with him in a way we cannot with anyone else. May his will be done in your life and may we all be forever changed and saved in His perfect love.