Seven Things We Should Seek (Part 7 of 7)
Seek a word from God.
For many years of my life, I was tuned into another channel than the one God was on. Instead my focus was on “Me” TV, “I” Witness News and As “My” World Turns. I had no idea if God was trying to speak to me or not, as all I heard was my voice drowning out the still, small voice for which the Lord is known. Maybe you’ve been there.
After I rededicated my life to Christ over twenty-five years ago, I changed the channel to a higher frequency. Now, I long for, and strain to hear a word from God. I pray daily for direct revelation, however, sometimes I have to get away to remove the noise so I can hear Him more clearly.
So I’m writing this blog from the Shalom Retreat Center in Grand Saline, Texas, about an hour and forty-five minutes from my home. “Shalom” means “peace” in Hebrew and that’s the environment the owners have created here—peaceful.
After one of the busiest ministry stretches that I can remember, I traveled to our annual Christian Women in Media Board Retreat to work, yes, but also to seek a word from God in the midst of this sanctuary designed for rest.
Yesterday morning, it happened. The Lord spoke to me during a conversation with one of my fellow board members, Susan Mead. I usually know when it’s the Holy Spirit because it’s nothing I’ve thought of before, and it comes unexpectedly.
Susan, and I were talking about higher education. She was a biology and chemistry major in college and I shared with her that biology was always my worst subject in both high school and college. I always thought it was odd that I had no aptitude for science, considering my father was a medical doctor, but then I heard, “You may not be a doctor, but I still gifted you to heal.” Healing is one of the spiritual gifts spoken about in 1 Corinthians 12. “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit…”
God has given me a heart for both emotional and physical healing in people, but I’ve learned to only pray over someone for physical healing when the Holy Spirit tells me to do so. However the new revelation is that God is using me in a healing capacity, just like he used my earthly dad, who died before I was born. I sought a word from the Lord, and he revealed something to me that I’d never realized before.
God still speaks.
He can speak to you because His channel is one that we can all receive, especially if we tune out the distractions. Maybe you occasionally have to get away to a quiet place to focus on listening. Perhaps you have to wake up each morning an hour before everyone else opens their eyes. Whatever the case, his small, still voice is distinguishable, and it’s easy to hear if we’re tuned in.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 1I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:14-16).