If You’re Listening, God Is Always Speaking
Trusting God through difficult times
by Joanne Troppello
Recently, my husband and I had a very stressful weekend with emotions both high and low regarding extended family relationships—and disagreements that occurred while on the phone.
After the incident occurred, later that night God spoke to my heart. I am glad everyone involved was able to talk again on the phone and work things out. However, my emotions were still raw that evening.
Lessons learned that weekend
The following ten things are lessons God spoke to me that night:
1. God is still in control.
2. Facts are important.
3. Seek peace when possible.
4. Mend family relationships.
5. God redeems our time.
6. People are not perfect.
7. God will make a way.
8. Don’t choose bitterness.
9. Respond don’t react.
God is in control, even when it seems like things are out of control in my life. He is making a way when there seems to be no way.
In the incident my husband and I experienced, it was important to remember that facts matter and as Christians, we need to seek peace when possible and do our part to mend family relationships.
Hebrews 12:14 says:
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
Colossians 3:15 say:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
People are not perfect. We’re not perfect, but we serve a perfect God who continues to redeem our circumstances.
The main take away from that list—and our experience with our extended family— is that I need to respond with common sense and not overreact, continue to pray, and never choose bitterness.
God speaks to us in various ways
When I was researching Bible verses for this column, I came across an article, “10 Powerful Ways God Speaks in the Bible”, by Robert Morris in Crosswalk.com. He shared how God can speak to us through our circumstances, wise counsel, and through the Lord giving us peace, and various other ways.
One area that I wanted to focus on here in my column is how God speaks to us through His Word and how important it is for Christians to spend time in daily Bible reading and study. Romans 10:17 is one of my favorite verses. It says:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Lately, I have been very stressed with everything going on in our lives. I recently lost several freelance writing projects and my husband lost hours at work due to the corona virus. I admit that my Bible reading has suffered. However, I have been getting back on track and it has made a big difference in my spiritual life.
Benefits of using a study Bible for devotions
I’m currently reading from the book of Matthew and want to get through the Gospels. Several months ago, I read through the epistles up to Revelation. I am reading from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible in the New King James Version.
I love using this study Bible. I am learning so much more than when I’ve read through the Bible several times in years past throughout my 31 years as a Christian.
This is my husband’s Bible that I’m using. He loves reading study Bibles. It’s the first time I am using one and it’s made a huge difference. We’ve been married for 15 years and I don’t know why I’ve never used his Bible until last year. I have definitely been missing out on a deeper insight of God’s Word!
I read through a passage depending on how it is separated with headings. Then I read through the study notes at the bottom of the page. Those have truly opened my eyes to new insights of God’s Word. Sometimes, I read through verses that are listed in the middle column to find more in-depth information about the meaning of the verses.
Remember that God is in control even when things are spinning out of our control. This is something I am reminding myself of everyday.
Previously published on Medium.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.