When the Spirit of God initiates a work in a person’s heart, that work could be so personal to the person initially. The prompting or inspiration is not immediately or directly shared by another.
At a glimpse on an insight formed from a multicultural experience (some relate to third-culture), or two back-to-back dreams received only by Joseph (Genesis 37:1-11), such a divine work is hardly agreeable by common understanding. It is also disputable if such unseen vision or inspiration originates from a person’s pride or selfish intention, or is truly from an invisible God.
No one can tell, except He who causes the inspiration originally. If He did, time and events will orchestrate His will and work.
And, these three ways will confirm it:
Wait and Seek
Sometimes, the people to be engaged with the inspired event are not there yet. It would be premature to have them engaged. For instance, a surprise birthday party is supposedly prepared outside the knowledge of the birthday bee. Or else, the party would lose its surprise element. Similar account can be traced to Abraham (Genesis 17) about God’s long-dated yet timely promise of a son, since when Abraham was initially 75 years old until he was 100 years old. And, he sought after God again to be aligned with God’s timeline and promise.
Ask for Confirmation
If the inspiration is from God, and not a request from our side, God will give the confirmation in His time. When we dial a number on a mobile phone, the screen will show up the number inserted, or it would give the dial tone for every number inserted. Similarly, when Gideon (Judges 6:36-40) asked for two back-to-back confirmations about God’s prompting of him on a rescue plan, which is to deliver his people from an enemy’s plundering and killing, God gave him both of the confirmations.
His Ways Prevail, Nevertheless
No matter what we do, or how we mess it up naively, what He has determined will come to pass perfectly in His timing and by His appointment. When a tax return filing is due, the due is still effective despite we filed it or not, or what “reasons” we submit for non-compliance. Similarly, Jesus’ crucifixion was determined since his birth into this world, for the good of mankind, despite what opposing events could have prevented that. (And no, time machine/traveling is not practically possible, and so on & so forth to undo the event)
God is Holy, and so are His Ways
In Genesis 50:20, it highlights the climax of Joseph’s story (we mentioned him at the beginning) about his decades-long expat journey caused by a betrayal of 10 of his brothers into slavery in Egypt (a foreign country). Decades later, Joseph rose to power in Egypt and finally reunited with his brothers and parents. This very statement by Joseph to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” highlights the very act of God that demonstrates His just nature. Amid the messy events due to man’s sinful nature, God’s intervention injected and manifested the beauty and blessings from His side, for the good of mankind.
The next time when your integrity is in question, or when being subjected to judgmental or skeptical eyes, stay calm and know that God is at work, and hearts are being transformed. Enjoy the co-op with God!