How God Answers

Job 33:13-14
Why do you complain to him that he answers none of man’s words? For God does speak – now one way, now another – though man may not perceive it.

Is there a proper way for God to communicate with us?

God communicates however he wants. He knows our limitations, and he knows how to get our attention.

We think we’re “all that”, but we’re wrong. God is “all that” and more.

We think God hides from us and won’t answer because he’s finicky. God isn’t at fault. We’re the ones who get picky about when and how God speaks. We want his answer on our timetable. And if we don’t like his answer, we get mad and hide from him.

We think our prayers are holy enough to make God do what we ask, but God shakes his head and answers us anyway. I’m pretty sure we are the ones who need to work on our communication skills.

We should probably read through the book of Job to get an education about God’s great love for us – and our great limitations in understanding God.

God Answers

Ps 120:1
I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.

When I’m in distress, filled with worry, doubting that I’ll find the victory in my situation, I can know that all is not lost. God is still there.

No matter how bad I feel I’ve been treated, God is there. No matter if my distress was caused by someone else or caused by my own mistakes, God is there. No matter what situation I find myself in, God is there.

And if God is there, he hears my cry, and he answers.

God answers me in my distress with comfort. He answers with food on my table. He answers me by shutting the mouths of my enemies. And he answers by lifting me above the flood that would destroy me.

He may answer you in unexpected ways. He may not give you what you want. But he answers. And his answers are always for your good.

You can look at your blessings and see them as opportunities to praise God for his answers.

Acknowledging God

Psalm 91: 14-15
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”

Like little children, we can be selfish. We expect God to answer us when we speak to him. But do we answer him? Do we acknowledge our relationship with him on a daily basis?

I once heard that you can get more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. This simply means that being sweet to others makes others want to be around you and do things with you and for you. If we show our love to God by being sweet to him and to those around us, if we trust in him instead of following our own foolishness, if we act like we’re God’s children because we honor him, then we are acknowledging his name.

When we firmly hold onto God and call to him, the logical next step is to listen. He has told us to call to him because he will answer.

Getting Answers From God

Psalm 3:4
To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.

Do you cry out to the Lord? Many people are crying out right now, but some have forgotten how to get an answer.

It is important to direct our cries to the one who has the answers. Just the act of crying out our pleas for mercy and for help to no one in particular isn’t going to get us what we need. When we cry out to the wrong person, we won’t get what we need. Our peace comes from knowing that we’re speaking to someone who can provide the correct answers, someone who wants to help us.

It is important to know what to expect from the one we’re crying out to. When we cry aloud to the Lord, we can know that he is interested in shielding us, answering us, and sustaining us. He wants to bless us.

It is important to listen for the answer with the expectation that we’ll obey his instruction. What good is it to call to the Lord if we don’t concern ourselves with his answer? Why would he want to answer us when we have no intention of accepting his instruction? When we call to the Lord, we can be sure that the guidance we’re waiting for will bring us to a better place in our lives. He will help us achieve those little victories that keep us walking forward with no intention of looking back.

I love knowing that God is love. His answers are full of love because that is how he guides his children.