I’ve asked myself this question many times, especially when I’ve been praying for an answer or some issue has been weighing me down. When I read a Bible passage that comes alive, jumps off the page and speaks right to my need, I feel so encouraged. There is nothing quite as invigorating as knowing that God Himself has spoken personally to me.
Whenever I find myself asking, “Is God really talking to me?” I pray for God to confirm His guidance in the situation. I don’t pray for signs, I simply ask Him to continue to speak to me concerning the issue. I do this because I am careful not to assume something just because I have an emotional response to a passage in Scripture. Yet God is faithful. If it’s something He is speaking to me, inevitably, I come across a similar passage elsewhere in Scripture. Or I hear a sermon with the same message. I begin to sense that God is teaching me about a certain topic, taking me deeper into the meaning of what He wants me to know.
A Real Life Example
Years ago, I was planning to leave my church and look for another place to worship. Someone at church had hurt me and I wanted to get away from there. At the same time, I was asked to serve as a board member. I said NO (of course), but they suggested I attend one meeting and then make my decision. That seemed fair, so I went to the meeting. I had in mind that the next day I would let them know of my decision NOT to accept the position.
The meeting, which was February 18, opened with a devotional. One of the board members read a poem. My heart began to sink as I listened; it sounded like God was talking right to me. The words were so overpowering, describing my pain and burning on my heart. The last line of the poem was Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” I can’t explain it but I knew that verse was just for me.
After that, every time I looked up the verse, those powerful words seemed to shout at me to be still, not take life into my own hands, not choose my own direction rather just to stay put and trust God. Because I sensed so strongly that God was telling me to stay at church and not “run away”, I finally accepted the position to serve on the board.
I began to pray that God would confirm His message to me. After all, I redirected my life based on my understanding of His will. That request began a season of God continuing to speak to me about the subject of “being still”. I heard a sermon about being still and waiting on God. A newsletter arrived in the mail from a ministry that I had never received anything from before and the front page article was titled, “Be still and know that I am God”. It seemed that God kept reinforcing the same message to me.
But the most miraculous answer to my prayer for assurance happened one day when I received a card in the mail from a friend. It was a beautiful card that folded out and listed 365 Bible verses, one for every day of the year. I asked myself, “I wonder what the verse is for that day God spoke to me…February 18?”
I looked and it was… Psalm 46:10
“Be still and know that I am God.”