Ever just been walking down the road, or busy about something, and God just pops a thought into your head? How do you know it’s really God, and not just a random thought?
Ever been in a big Christian gathering, with wonderful worship band, and international speakers, when God has really impacted you with a new direction for your life, so you respond to the call, and get prayed for to fulfil your new ministry?
God can speak to us in the quiet moment, or the major event, but my suspicion is that we find it easier to take it seriously when accompanied by a significant amount of razzmatazz.
I think that is what was going on for Abram in Genesis 15 v 4 – 21. God whispered into Abram’s ear while he was outside, looking at the stars, that he would have a son, and countless offspring. Abram believed it (v6) but then goes on to doubt it in verse 8. So God, in his infinite kindness, made it easy for Abram by putting on a multi-media presentation. It had been God’s plan all along that Abram would need a big family to take possession of the land (v7), but now he spells it out in full technicolour. He wanted Abram to ‘know for certain’ (v13) that
- he will have descendents (v13)
- he can be at peace (v 15)
- good will prevail (v16)
- they will possess the land eventually (v18)
The thing is, when God wants us to get hold of his plans for us, he will go to any lengths to get the message through. If we struggle with hearing him in the everyday situation, he’ll go up-market in the presentation. But just take a look at verse 6. “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” How much better it is if we hear God, and simply believe him and trust him! That’s the relationship he want us to share with him – where he can speak and we can hear, in the ordinary everyday things of life.