Ministers spend a portion of each week awaiting inspiration from God. We recognize that sermons, Evotionals, and prayers are more than our meandering thoughts or personal projections. Instead, we are tasked with seeking to interpret God’s message to specific people in a particular place and time. There are occasions, of course, when a word from the Lord comes unexpectedly, offering either clarity or challenge. More often, though, God speaks to me through scripture, study, prayer, and the preparations I make to lead God’s people each week in worship, mission, and discipleship. It is, in other words, the regular practice of my faith by which God’s will and way are made known to me (even as my faith and understanding are limited).
In my efforts to serve as a messenger of the divine word, I regularly ask for wisdom, guidance, and understanding. I also ask that I could communicate in such a way that others would be encouraged and strengthened in their walk with Christ. Paul wrote, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Cor. 13:12) My hope for you, beloved people of God, is that you will seek divine inspiration in the daily unfolding of God’s plans for your life. May you listen intently for a word from the Lord. And when it is found, may you boldly share the good news of what God is doing in your life.
Peace and best wishes,