You’re supposed to hear from God. He intends to talk to us and have a relationship with us — and we need to be the ones who hear from Him.
Scripture shows us that God will use a variety of ways to speak to people. You’ve probably heard someone talk about a lesson being learned through a situation in their life, claiming that experience is the best teacher. They’re wrong.
Experience isn’t the best teacher. Experience is the hardest teacher. It gives you the exam before you’ve even studied the material. Yes, you should learn during hard situations, and God can certainly take your lemons and make lemonade — but He didn’t give you those lemons. The lemons come from the devil or ourselves.
God will teach you and change your experience. As you progress, you’ll start to develop a testimony. Think, though, about people who are dying. They’ve had an experience, but what do they do with the material they’ve learned once they died?
The only reason God uses the experience to teach us is that we aren’t doing anything with His Word. Paul gave Timothy, and us, a glimpse of the best teacher. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which says that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Experience isn’t the best teacher — the Holy Spirit is. The surest way to hear from the Lord is through His Word. God will speak to you through His Word:
- The Word is given by God’s inspiration.
- The Word will help you understand doctrine.
- The Word is used for reproof or getting things straightened out.
- The Word is used for corrections you need to make.
- The Word gives you instructions on the way to do things.
- The Word will make you complete for every good work.
In other words, God’s Word will thoroughly equip you for everything you need to do in life and be in life. Spend time in God’s Word. That should be your base, rather than any outside circumstances in your life. Take the outside circumstances and check them, and anything you hear, against the Word of God, Allow His chosen tool, His Word, to be your teacher, because of God’s desire, first and foremost, above any other communication method, is to teach you through the Word.
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