Lent Devotional April 4: Divine Revelation

Divine Revelation

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

Have you ever found yourself desperate to hear from God? Maybe you needed a word of hope or direction or assurance that He was there, that He saw you and cared about you?

I have had numerous conversations with believers who are frustrated because they don’t hear from God — their desperation on the brink of desolation, depression, and desertion.

There is such a mystery to God. In my own walk I have had seasons when I don’t feel like I’m hearing from God, so I go through a mental checklist to see if I’m doing everything I can to position myself to hear Him.

Am I reading His Word regularly, anticipating that the Holy Spirit can reveal His Word to me?

Am I creating an intentional place of quiet where distractions and noise and demands are removed?

Am I surrendering my will to His?

Have I been engaging in conversation with Him, building a relationship with Him?

Am I earnestly looking for His response?

If I can sincerely answer all of these with a YES, then I have to trust in His timing and way. Maybe He’s not speaking for a reason – for some reason, the timing isn’t right. So I have to have faith that He will speak when the time is right…and in the meantime, I have to continue to be in a posture and lifestyle that is ready to receive.

If the answer to those questions is NO, then I have a place to start. I know I have things I can be doing so that I’m better able to hear from Him.

J.D. Walt is one of my favorite writers – may his words be inspiration and hope for you, as they have been for me:

“Divine revelation is not a product of religious study. Divine relationship is the fruit of a devoted relationship. …Be still before Him and rehearse the story of the Gospel in your mind’s eye. See what comes. This is the ‘stuff’ of a devoted relationship.”

To obtain divine revelation, we must first have the devoted relationship!

Prayer: Father God, Creator of the Universe, Divine Author of Life – thank you that you allow us to have a devoted relationship with you. Help us seek that relationship every day so that along the way we might incur a divine revelation. Amen.

Shelley Johnson

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