Many times in conversation, with many different people, I sprinkle in “God nudged me to …,” or “God invited me to …,” “I think God wants me to ….” During one conversation in particular I was asked, “How do you know it’s a God nudge? Because I don’t think God nudges me.”
I was so glad for that question because it gave me the opportunity to try and put into words an aspect of my relationship with God that has been happening naturally; yet, I had never really tried to explain.
And I realized I couldn’t really put it into words. Instead, I spent some time explaining to my friend what some of my nudges looked like over the years.
So, today I’m going to ask you, “What does a God nudge look like for you?” I think God nudges differently for different people (according to our own personalities) and I know from my own experiences, all nudges don’t look the same. Maybe, by reading (and hopefully being encouraged from some of my examples below), you’ll realize God’s been nudging you for years too!
First and foremost, this is the most important question to ask yourself when a thought or idea pops into your head. Ask yourself: Is what I’m being nudged to do biblical? If it doesn’t line up with Scripture, then it’s probably not a God nudge and I personally wouldn’t follow through.
If what you’re being invited/nudged/challenged to do lines up with Scripture, then (for me) I will do one of two things: 1) Pray for further confirmation, especially if it’s something that would be especially challenging and could be me wanting to “do works to get God to do what I want” (not biblical but pretends to be) or 2) Start doing it and see if “fruit” comes from it. “What do you mean by fruit, Cheri?” Don’t worry – you’ll understand what I mean when I start giving you examples.
Come back next time and I’ll share with you some examples of God nudges (or what I thought were God nudges) and how I responded. Then, I hope you will share with me some of your own God nudges and the results of those too!
© Cheri Swalwell 2020