Today’s blog is built around a whisper that God gave me recently. This whisper has significantly re-shaped the way I view what God has in store for me.
A few weeks after the whisper, as I was reading my bible, I came across the EXACT SAME WORDS that God had spoken to me!
I love the way God does that – He graciously affirms what he tells us through His Word. And the reverse is true too – as you read the Word, God will often speak to your heart using those exact same words you’ve read in your bible.
He’s an affirming God. And everything He tells you will line up with His Word. That’s how you can know and discern that the whisper is God’s. That’s also why it’s so important to know what the Word says!
Back to the whisper.
I remember it vividly.
I was driving home from work one day, making my way down the highway between Wollongong where I work, and Shellharbour where I live.
My eyes were on the road but my mind was wandering.
I was in one of those bizarre times that I’m sure some single people can relate to. You go from zero prospects to meeting a few new people and suddenly you’re getting that many messages you may need to enlist traffic control!
All of this chatter started me thinking. I began to wonder, as I drove home, if one of these new people was the someone that I needed to look at a little more seriously.
I started to think that maybe some of these people were meant to be more than friends. Perhaps I needed to reconsider. Perhaps I needed to adjust my expectations of what I was looking for in a partner.
But as I was driving I started to recall all the reasons I believed these people weren’t the right fit for me. They were all good quality men. But I knew deep down, with a Holy certainty, that anything more than a friendship wasn’t what God had for either of us.
Now please don’t misread my intentions here. I’m not tooting my own horn or puffing my chest. These guys are good guys! But it does neither him nor me any benefit to pursue something when you know it’s just not what God has for either of you.
In that moment though, when I was experiencing that 5% of the time where I wonder what lies beyond singledom, I questioned if I was too quick to determine the nature of the friendship. I wondered if I was meant to pursue harder; meant to explore further; meant to reduce expectations.
Maybe I’d been wrong.
Then the whisper came.
The whisper that changed everything.
“IF ONLY YOU KNEW WHAT I HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU.”
In my moment of concern; in my moment of doubt; in my moment of thinking it was time to explore what I knew to be a ‘no’ from God, He whispered to me, “If only you knew…”
IF ONLY YOU KNEW
For me, this whisper brought instant relief.
It reassured me that God has my future relationships and partner weaved in to His perfect plan and in His perfect timing.
It reminded me that it’s not my job to make that relationship happen. That’s for God to orchestrate!
My role is to remain faithful and focused on what God has for me right now; and to trust Him with the rest.
It excited me. If I’ve had the privilege of meeting and befriending amazing men, and there is someone great in store for me, imagine how great he will be!
God’s timely whisper released me completely. It reminded me of the freedom I have to trust in God for my every need and my future.
“If only you knew.”
They are four God-breathed words that instilled hope, excitement and reassurance of the good things God has for me; of the good things to come.
THERE ARE THOSE WORDS AGAIN
I continued to ponder these words in the days and weeks that followed.
How could I not?! They were so uplifting and releasing.
So, it brought a smile to my face and a lightness to my heart when I came across the exact same words as I was reading my bible a few weeks later.
Jesus himself spoke these words to a Samaritan woman he met at a well.
Look at what He says in John 4:10 (TPT) when the woman asks Jesus why he, a Jewish man, would ask her, a Samaritan woman, for a drink of water.
“Jesus replied, “If only you knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you – you’d ask me for a drink, and I would give to you living water.”
FOUR SMALL WORDS. ONE BIG APPLICATION.
There are those words again – “If only you knew…”
But this time, God was speaking the words to me in a much broader context then just my future partner. He was saying these words in the context of every aspect of my life, just like he was to the Samaritan woman.
God was telling me: “If only you knew all the wonders that I have in store for you!”
A logical question in response to this is: “But what are these things that God has for me?”
The woman at the well asked the same thing! She asked Jesus what he meant by ‘living water’. Look at Jesus’ reply:
“Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”” (John 4:13-14 TPT)
What does it mean to drink the living water God gives us?
It means that we’ve chosen to follow Him, to obey His calling on our lives, to follow the gentle guidance of His Holy Spirit living in us, and to put our trust and our hope in Him.
When we live like this, when we drink this ‘living water’, the super-abundant fountain of God’s goodness is unleashed in our lives!
Proverbs 1:7 says it well: “We cross the threshold of true knowledge when we live in obedient devotion to God.”
HERE’S THE THING: WE DO KNOW!
Can you see it friend?
God whispered to me, “If only you knew…”
But as I dug deeper into His Word, I realised that God has already told us what lies ahead when we live for Him and drink His living water.
God only has good things for us!
When this revelation dropped in my spirit, some of my favourite scriptures came flooding to mind:
“For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 MEV)
“The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 MEV)
“But my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 MEV)
If we look to God’s Word and what it says about our future, we’re reminded and reassured that God has a plan for us, and His plan is perfect.
It doesn’t promise to be free of trials and tribulations, but when we put our trust in Him, and follow His gentle guidance and perfect instruction, we’ll walk out His plans in His strength and enjoy the promises that flow from that way of living – peace, future, hope, life, abundance, supply, every need met!
God only promises good things for those who love and live by Him.
And he’s talking about much more than future husbands/wives and relationships. He’s talking about everything!
By the finished work of Jesus on the cross, all these good and perfect things that Jesus promises us in His Word have been made freely available to us.
So next time you find yourself contemplating your future and taking matters into your own hands, remember these words, “If only you knew.”
And then remember this: YOU DO KNOW!
It’s all there in the Word [bible].
Hang on to it with all your strength, trust in Him, abide in Him and remain obedient to Him. He’ll take care of the rest.
My prayer is that these words would be as much of an encouragement for you as they are for me!
Hang on to them. They’re hope! Hope for what is to come and hope in what God has for us here and now.