“More input! I need more input!” The words are from the main character in a 1986 movie called Short Circuit. The main character was an endearing robot that had become conscious and self-aware. He delighted in being alive and couldn’t learn enough. He’d pick up a book and fan through the pages, absorbing the contents of the entire book within seconds, the ultimate in speed reading.
It seems to me that we can be alive in this physical world but essentially dead to the spiritual dimension of life. But when we make the choice to believe that there is more to life than what we can experience with our five senses, then we’re opening ourselves up to a whole new way of living. Living with an openness to God means being open to more input, having a curiosity that grows into a desire that develops into a passion to hear from Him.
And just how does God get through to us? My own experience, which is no different from countless millions of others, shows me that there are five ways I can get input from God.
Creation reveals the artistry of God, His power, His love for coming up with ways things almost always work that we call scientific law. Creation reminds me of the creator.
Circumstances are used of God to guide. He opens some doors of opportunity and closes others. He uses circumstances to teach. We can learn so much by what happens to us. We can grow through all circumstances if we believe we can.
People are used of God to encourage us, to correct us, to give us advice. He uses people to be both a good and a bad example for us. Even the person who is resistant to God can be used of God as a positive instrument in our lives, even if the person has caused us pain.
The Holy Spirit of God can access the very core of who we are, our soul. He can relate to us because He can be, if we allow Him, to be in us.
God’s Word, is what I and many others believe the Bible to be. It’s a remarkable compilation of historical events, poetry, insights and the good news about Christ. When it’s viewed as God’s letter to us we find it to be the ultimate way God gets through to us.
God has never spoken to me, nor to most people, in a big, booming voice. I suspect He does not see the need to do so, that He has many very effective ways to give us input!
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)