While I may not witness overt miracles, God is working in my life all the time.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
By Kevin Neitzel, Journey Small Group Leader
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them…Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized…And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” — Acts 2: 4, 38
It is easy to gloss over the events described in this passage. However, imagine being there in person…a strong wind blows through the house and the disciples begin to speak in different languages. It must have been hard to believe, and thinking the disciples had too much wine is a fair thought. It took Peter to get everyone’s attention and explain that this is the real deal. The disciples are not drunk and Jesus is the promised Savior.
While I may not witness overt miracles like Acts 2, God is working in my life all the time. These things are very easy to overlook if I don’t pay attention. I have thought many times, “God, why don’t you just tell me exactly what to do, and I’ll do it!” Every time he has been whispering in my heart, and I just needed to get quiet and listen.
“Dear Lord, thank you for your guidance in my life. Please help me to remember that you are speaking to me, and I just need to listen properly. Amen.”
Now You Try
Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. Write down the one or two verses that stick out. Even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.
Make a basic observation about the scripture you just read. What stood out? Was something repeated? What is the author trying to communicate? What does the Scripture passage teach you about God? What does it teach you about humanity?
Ask, “What does this verse(s) mean for my life?” How might this verse affect your heart — how you feel? How does this verse challenge your thinking? How does it affect your will, asking, “What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?”
Write out a prayer to God. Scripture is God speaking to you, take this moment to speak back. Take a moment to say, “Thank you,” confess to Him what needs to change, or ask for something that is on your heart.