- “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.” (Jn.16:4)
- “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (Jn.16:12)
- “I have said these things to you in figures of speech.” (Jn.16:25)
- “I have said these thing to you, that in Me you may have peace.” (John 16:33)
All of this can be left as a theoretical Bible study, unless you too are hungry for the Voice of God. God speaks. I want Him to speak to me. Hearing well can be a struggle. Part of the struggle is rooted within the fragility of my heart. (I can be deaf, dull and distracted.) But part of the struggle may be with my expectations of God’s Voice. I want Him to speak and to speak now. And I mean now! I want full disclosure with the utmost clarity. I don't want any fine print or fuzzy instructions. I want information that I can use for the demands and decisions I face. I know what I need and if He would only give me the necessary data, I can get on with my life!
And God smiles. (At least I hope He does!) My cravings have the tone of a toddler’s tantrum. There is so much for me to learn. God does speak and His Voice is grace. He tells me what I need to know when I need to know it. He is not pressured by my curiosity or sense of urgency. He knows what I can handle and there are seasons of my limited capacity. To all He has said, He invites my discernment and faith. He does not shortchange His child by simply granting information. He offers a gift of peace. I am learning that peace is the very evidence that He has spoken and I have heard.