Sunday, 26th October 2014
Brother Joshua Poon
As Christians, we tend to think that we can only experience God on just Sundays. But if God is someone we encounter on Sundays alone, then our understanding of God will be seriously deficient. Finding God in the everyday is not a luxury to be experienced as an occasional treat – but a necessity. Brother Joshua reminded us to ask ourselves, “Is it possible to experience God personally in your daily life?”
Often we expect to encounter God with booming voice, eye-popping miracle, or instant solution to our life problems. However, God Does it in a more private and personal way. When we think of encountering God in the Bible, we tend to think about Jesus feeding 5000 people, Moses parting the red sea, or Daniel surviving in the lion’s den. But there are examples that we tend to forget.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 kings 19:11-13)
We tend to forget the occasion when Elijah was waiting for God. Elijah hid his face because he knew the Lord was in the gentle whisper. If we wise, we will listen for the gentle whispers in our lives, and that is where we are most likely to find God.
There are many ways to experiencing God in Everyday Life, and brother Joshua shared three ways with us:
- Experiencing God in Everyday Life – In Deuteronomy 31:5-6, God has already promised that He will always be with us and never leave us; we can experience God through prayers, reading the Bible, or even through others. God is everywhere, we just need to make sure our hearts are still so we can hear Him.
- Experiencing God in the Quiet – It says in Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Having “Reverential Awe” means to express “Respect”; and when we quiet down, we show God our respect and believe that He will reveal to us.
- Experiencing God in Busy Times – We all know the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42; and we learnt that during busy times, we can still set ourselves apart for God; we need to know the priorities, and set boundaries. The truth is, sometimes God does give us permission to say no to serve others. But when He does, we have a role to play, too: We have to give ourselves permission to say no. We have to put down the pot, shed the apron, and be still — confident that God will find another way to meet the need that we’re not going to meet.
So what is experiencing God like? God sees you as an individual, unique in his creation; therefore, he will relate to you in a way best suited to you. If you are a believer in Christ, you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who will help you discern a true word or experience from God. The Lord’s voice is unmistakable. He speaks with power and authority. The true test, however, is that words from God to individuals always, without exception, agree with the Bible, because God never contradicts himself.
It might all sound very supernatural and hard to imagine, but the truth is, when it happens, and it will happen, you will know it. You will know, without a doubt, that it was not your imagination or some odd coincidence. You will be stunned at the depth of God’s love for you, and your life will never, ever be the same.