The Bible talks a lot about being blessed, about having the favor of God. Sometimes, though, we get the order of events wrong. We might start by saying, “God, please bless me today.” Then we score Him. Bad day? God gets a 2. Great day? God gets a 10.
For a Christ-follower, it’s really not supposed to work that way. Our devotions, which include reading His Word and praying, are not a religious activity; it signifies our personal relationship with God. The purpose of our devotional time is to adjust us to God, not to adjust God to us.
When we adjust ourselves to God, we become tuned into what He’s doing around us and are more apt to join Him. Sometimes, however, we’re not sure what He’s doing around us. Take comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit, who dwells in every believer, is giving us those nudges of what God is doing and what He wants to do through you.
After you sense what God wants you to do, then you have to decide if you want to participate. The author of Experiencing God calls that a crisis of belief. It might not feel like a crisis, but it is the first turning point to being able to experience Him.
For example, you see the Scripture in Romans 12:9 that says, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them,” yet you have been struggling to love someone who’s pretty unlovable. At that moment, you know God wants you to reach out to that person – not to confront them but to love them in some kind word or deed.
Deciding to have an uplifting connection with someone who is difficult is called a crisis of belief. That is your turning point. And when you do reach out, you know that His kingdom will be better because you chose to glorify Him. Whether or not you feel blessed by that experience, you know that you have made Christ look good to the world. He gives you a 10.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” Romans 12:9
Today, ask God to help you adjust when you sense the leading of the Holy Spirit.