Have you ever said ...
"I've tried talking to God ... but he never
Have you ever had that feeling?
Have you ever tried talking to
God... and waited for his answer ... and nothing happened?
You wondered if anyone was
Well let me ask you something
... What were you asking?... And what kind of an answer did you expect God to
Were you looking for some kind
of special sign -- something a little bit spectacular that would tell you that
someone had heard you?
Maybe you wanted to see some
flashing lights in the sky.
It didn't happen that way did
And so, now you are having a
hard time believing that God is really there. You're wondering if you weren't a
little foolish to think about God at all.
You can't see him. You can't
hear him. And when you ask for a special sign -- like maybe turning a light on
and off, or something else like that -- it never happens.
Well it's true that a long time
ago God did use some rather special methods to pass his messages along to his
One man, named Moses, heard a
voice coming out of a bush that was burning. That got his attention.
Some people were given their
special messages in dreams or visions.
Once God even wrote the words of
his message on the wall of a palace.
And another time he caused an
animal to speak with human words.
Sometimes it does seem like it
would be easier to believe in God if he would talk to us in some special way
doesn't it? Or at least give us a special little sign. If he did that, then you
would know for sure that he is real.
Or would you?
Would you find some other reason
for doubting his answer?
Would you find some other excuse
to not believe or to not accept what he said?
In the old days, God used some
pretty spectacular ways of talking to people. But even when he did that, a lot
of those same people still wouldn't believe what he told them.
God doesn't use those ways of
speaking to us these days ... at least not very often. He could if he wanted.
But most of the time he has chosen other ways of telling us what he wants us to
Sometimes the answers we are
looking for are already there, written down in a book -- in the Bible. And all
we have to do is read it and study it.
Many times we don't hear God's
answers because we're too impatient. We don't wait long enough for the reply.
We ask him something ... and we want him to answer us immediately.
We sometimes treat God like he
is our slave who is supposed to do everything we ask -- to do what we want and
to give us what we want, when we want it.
We forget very often who God
And we forget who we are.
God isn't just an answer
machine. He's not even a free storehouse of everything you might
A lot of people only talk to God
when they want something ... or when they're in trouble.
The rest of the time they forget
But God is always there.
He wants to share time with you
-- all the time -- -not just when you suddenly feel like you need some help
with a problem, or when you want something.
And then there's another
possible reason why you haven't heard any answers from God.
Maybe you've been asking the
Or perhaps you've been asking
God questions for all the wrong reasons. And that's why you haven't heard any
Remember what I said earlier?
God is not just a machine -- like a computer -- who has to answer all your
questions or give you everything you ask for.
I guess all of us, at one time
or another try to bring God down to our level. We try to treat him like a
friendly and loving Uncle who loves to give presents to his favorite nieces and
nephews. But that's not who God is.
When God hears a question from
you, sometimes he'll give you an answer. Sometimes he won't.
Sometimes we ask him to do
things for us, because we're too lazy to do it for ourselves. He's given us
brains ... and knowledge ... and wisdom. Most of the time, he expects us to
make use of them.
I mentioned before that God has
given us a place to find many of the answers we're looking for -- the most
important answers. That place is a book. The Book. His book! The book we call
Do you find the Bible is a hard
book to understand? You're not the first person to feel that way. Well, instead
of just putting the Bible away on a shelf or in a cupboard, why don't you ask
God to help you understand what the Bible is saying to you. If you really want
him to help you understand, he will help you. He won't do it with a voice that
you can hear with your ears. He won't write words on your wall to explain
something you don't understand. But inside your mind -- inside your head -- if
you truly want to understand, he will help you to understand.
Sometimes God's answers come to
us in another way.
Sometimes his answers come to us
through other people who know God -- people who have given their lives to God,
and who are living close to him.
I'm sure you've noticed that the
better you know a person, the easier it is to talk to that person. In the same
way, the better you know God -- the closer you live to him, and the more you
allow him to live in you, and to direct your life -- the more you will
understand what he wants you to do.
That's the secret to knowing
what God wants you to do.
That's the secret to hearing his
Don't just sit back and
complain, and grumble that you can't hear his answers.
Don't shout at God from some
great distance, like a stranger.
Come close to him as a friend.
Invite him to be so close to you
that he is actually in your life, and part of your life.
When that happens, his answers
to us are very personal.
God doesn't send many messages
these days with flashing lights ... or loud noises ... or other special effects
like that. But, one way or another, he does tell us what he wants us to know --
especially if you have given your life to him, and if you have asked him to be
part of your life.
You can have that experience
Think about it. And write to me
if you like.
You might also want to check
out this page: How do you talk to
Have you tried talking to him
as a Friend?
If you have any comments or questions, email me, if you
like, at Conversations . I'd like to hear from you.
©1999 Allan Stewart