Typically, I swipe it away like nothing and go about my day.
But over and over and over again, the notification to renew the software in the phone keeps popping up—until you finally submit to the update and let it download.
God is like that too.
I always have said that “it’s not really a matter of whether God is speaking to you or not, but rather are you listening?”
God has this way of speaking to our lives—and advertently calling us to HIM—through people around us, our life experiences, and most importantly, through his Word. He has a way of beckoning us to change–and if you understand the character of God, you would know that HE is relentless. God will not stop calling you until you ultimately surrender to Him. There has been many times in my life where I have blatantly ignored God even despite the obvious yet gentle nudging of the Lord. I ignore all the signs that are pointing to a place of reconciliation and forgiveness; I ignore every feeling to repent, and every inclination to be sorry and change.
I think it is a crucial mistake as a believer to miss an opportunity to change, because it is an opportunity to grow. The Word of God references the process of pruning a tree as metaphor to growth and change.
“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:2
It is important to understand that while God can do anything He wants, he won’t do anything but call you—until you allow him to do what He wills; so the reference to pruning requires a voluntary relinquishment to God.
It is not in the character of God to force change onto you.
It must be allowed and it must be voluntary.
So the next time you sense God beckoning you—don’t just swipe away the feeling.
Let your old man be renewed with the new operating system of God.
If you want that change, say this prayer
Lord, I know you are constantly calling me to change—because you love me.
And you want the best for my life. Lord help me to yield to change and growth—even if the pruning of my being hurts—or is uncomfortable. Have your way today and always.