I later spoke to the person who ended up getting the job over me and she told how miserable the job was and how she thought it was going to be different than what it actually was.
Later that year as I was thanking The Lord for unanswered prayers, I felt Him telling me that there was something else in store for me. He had something better suited for me and what would make me a better person for His glory. The thing that we as humans can not see right now is that He already knows what is planned for our lives. He knows the doors that will open for us and doors that will close for us (that blog will be coming soon :) ) So what we need to do is just be still and listen for His voice. In Romans 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." If you want to hear His voice and grow closer to Him, you must study His word. Matthew 7:7 states "“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." But we must remember, it is His will that shall be done.
Many people often wonder, as well as myself, how do I know that God is speaking to me? How do I know if what I am feeling is from Him or if it is just what I want to believe? I have, unfortunately, learned the hard way to know when God is speaking to me. I have ignored His warnings and His responses. Only then did it take Him to allow me to fall on my face and say, "Ok Lord! I am here, I am listening!" Here are 5 ways to know that God is speaking to you.
1. We're directed to His word. In order to hear God speak to you, you need to read His word. We cannot possibly hear what He is saying if we don't open the Bible to read and "hear" it. A passage from the Bible may be the answer that we have long been searching for. It gives encouragement, replenishment, and guides us in our daily walk with God. When God speaks to us in His Word, He is instructing us on how to live righteously; to grow in our faith, obedience and love for him.
2. Situations arise. Our circumstances can show us that God is talking. A lesson has to be learned, or our faith is being tested. Maybe we've ignored all of the responses and warnings God has given, and the situation that we are in is meant to open our eyes and ears. After overcoming the circumstance, we can rejoice, knowing that God brought us through and our relationship with Him deepens.
3. Through others. God can speak through others to reach our hearts. (This one is VERY personal to me; this is what happened the day I got saved) It can come in the way of a kind word, a testimony, a warning, or a blessing. We are all servants of God and listening to others can help put our lives in perspective.
4. Hear a small voice. "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 19:12-13
God does not need a loud, thunderous voice to speak. Sometimes its that tiny, barely audible voice that reaches your heart and you know. Don't second guess it. Listen to it and see if it aligns with God's word and who God is.
5. Answers prayers. Our prayers tend to consist of asking for something, but remember that it should be a conversation. This means that there should be an exchange of communication: talking, listening, and understanding.
Every prayer is heard by God. Sometimes His answers are "yes" and sometimes His answers are "no." His answers are more intricate than a Magic Eight-Ball answer. It will be definite. Make sure you're present and acute to hear God's response.