Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Take the hint?

I'm rubbish at taking hints, one of two things tend to happen. The words fly over my head or I hear blah blah blah as they are dropped. A form of hint can be found in sales, called 'buying signals'. This is a set of behaviours that a 'would be' customer would display to show they are interested in a particular product or service being presented by the sales rep. If the sales person is able to spot these 'hints', confidence is increased knowing they are meeting the customer's needs. Makes sense when we talk with people that they also display these behaviours showing they are interested or not in the discussion points. Think of it this way, talking to a Newcastle football team fan about Sunderland or visa versa is going to bring up some interesting hints!

Recently in the church I attend, we have been very fortunate that God has shown some huge hints that he has been working in many of the ministries that are developing. You could say burning bush proportion hints that are very difficult to miss. The challenge is finding the 'hints' where God is working in our lives, especially when we are experiencing difficulties. This is the time when really we want confirmation and reassurance of His work as we grow in faith and the relationship we have with Jesus. It's easy to say you just have to look to find Him working, but maybe, when we get bogged down in this 'stuff' it is possible to miss God's hints in our lives?

I think what I am trying to say is that there is reassurance that God never stops working in our lives. In John 5:17 when Jesus is challenged for healing at the pool on a Sabbath. But Jesus said, “My Father has never stopped working, and that is why I keep on working.” So if you miss the hint just know He is working.

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