Ever hear something and feel like God is speaking directly to you? “Yes I do” I silently answered my friend at Bible study last Friday. The message and discussion that morning was apparently what she needed. Ironically, it almost didn’t happen.
Originally, I had a different plan for this month’s study. But after writing the intro post of our FOLLOWER series, I felt God nudge me to do a Bible study on following. I quickly shifting gears and this month’s Bible study is the result. Little did I know, the Bible study was just the beginning of God speaking to me this week.
God speaks to us all the time, we need only listen. How God speaks varies from person to person and day to day. Often for me, God speaks through His Word, Christian music and other people. What happened after Bible study was no exception.
Driving to an appointment after Bible study, former anthem songs of mine sang out to me from the radio. It was like God’s version of Jill’s Throwback Thursday on KLOVE! Listening to the familiar songs, a new message was revealed: all the songs applied to our Bible study discussion. To explain, let’s back up to the beginning of Bible study…
The first verse of Bible study (“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” ~Matthew 18:20) was encouragement as we gathered to study His Word. At my appointment, God’s presence came up again. A friend shared how she has always felt God with her. She knows Jesus is in her heart and draws upon His strength, peace and grace, even when life throws curve balls. However, she realizes not everyone feels His presence. They cannot draw upon His peace because they aren’t even aware it’s possible.
Feeling His presence and peace is just one of the beautiful benefits of following. One of the songs heard while driving reminded me of this. God literally is here with us as our verse from Bible Study, my friend and Mercy Me’s song Here with Me reminds us. Following becomes deeper when surrendering to His love. I love the lyric “I surrender to your grace; I surrender to the One who took my place.” Let’s Surrender, let His grace surround and fill us with His peace as we follow.
Progressing in the Bible study, we discussed how following God’s path is not always clear. Understanding God’s plan can be confusing, especially when life throws curve balls. Knowing God is with us is the beginning of following, but how do we get to the next step? My friend at Bible study shared she often asks for God’s plan in billboard size to not miss the subtle clues. God speaks to us, but sometimes we need a billboard.
The next song billboard God gave me while driving was Revelation by Third Day. This former anthem of mine spoke to me years ago while following but unclear of the destination. I sang to God asking for a revelation; show me what to do since I didn’t have a clue, just like the lyric in the song. Hearing it again, I suddenly wanted to share it with my Bible study friends seeking direction for God’s path in their lives.
Moments later while thanking God for sending these songs, Follow Me There by Third Day popped into my head. This song helped me on a very difficult day many years ago. I played it over and over again as God provided me the strength I needed. Now, it seems like the perfect anthem for our FOLLOWER series. This song, which helped on a previously dark day can now bring light to our FOLLOWER path!
God is speaking, we only need to listen and follow. He is here with us, giving us hope that never dies, love like a river, and peace like we never known. Following Him, we are given revelations while driving, listening to a friend or leading a Bible study. God speaks through the Bible, the pulpit, a song or a sunrise. However and wherever God speaks to us, let’s listen and be followers.
See the link below for the February Bible Study on following. Chime in here or on Facebook or Twitter with how you are His #FOLLOWER and watch for the continued FOLLOWER series on Thursday.