A gut feeling.
A sixth sense.
The Holy Spirit.
It's that knowing feeling in my stomach. In some way, I am being prompted to action. It could be God calling me to speak out about something. It could be Him trying to turn me away from a bad decision or asking me to intercede on someone's behalf. But whatever the cause, I know that when my insides start squirming, chances are I need to stop and listen. God wants in.
I remember in college, I was dating a guy that wasn't good for me. I was putting up with behaviors that weren't edifying. I was sacrificing my own self-worth so to not sacrifice a chance at being "loved." The whole time that I was dating him, I could barely eat. I knew in my gut that God was telling me that this was not the path, but I was actively choosing disobedience. That disobedience literally ate away at me for the months that I was with him. At every meal, God reminded me with that sick feeling in my stomach that I was trying to find healing and restoration in a place other than Him.
As if I didn’t already know that He was the reason that my stomach continually churned, I received further confirmation when the relationship ended. How did it end, you ask? One night, lying in my bed, I confessed my disobedience, but told God that in order to walk in a different direction, I needed Him to take the feelings that I had for this boy away from me – heart, body, and soul. The next morning I woke up and the idea of being is pseudo girlfriend repulsed me.
I enjoyed a good breakfast to celebrate.
Challenge: Has God spoken to you through your gut? Can you pull examples from your life where you’ve felt Him but ignored Him? What happened? What about when you acted? What happened? Do you have any gut feelings now that need to be explored?
(Note to readers: Just to clarify, I'm not saying that EVERY time you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that it is God. It could be fear, nervousness, or some other emotion. But it is worth seeking Him about when you feel it, asking for confirmation that it is His prompting OR asking for His peace to cover you if it is something not of Him.
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