Reformed Theology Thoughts on spiritual guidance  Calvinism

Thoughts on spiritual guidance

Reformed Theology Thoughts on spiritual guidance  Calvinism
Thoughts on spiritual guidance

I lean cessationist. I'm largely in the "just do something" camp when it comes to discerning God's will. My mother, on the other hand, is very much the opposite. I just got off the phone with her, and she was telling me some stories about how she decided God wanted her to marry my dad.

First story: She had been praying and praying about whether God wanted her to marry THIS man, as opposed to the ten thousand others she may meet in her lifetime. During the weeks she was praying about that, she and my dad discovered they had the same pin number for their ATM card. My dad was a little freaked about this as a security risk, and they told him it was a 1 in 10,000 chance that would happen. Coincidence? My mom thinks not.

After story 1, she was largely decided that this was God's will. Some short time later, when they were participating in graduation ceremonies at University, they were processing in 2 lines, with graduates from each college/major grouped together. At both baccalaureate and graduation, the assigned position for them to march, out of about 900 total graduates, had them marching side by side. My mom doesn't believe that is coincidence either.

All through my life, my mom has talked many, many times about the amazing coincidences that occur when she is praying hard about things. Her general observation is that when she prays hard about things, and obeys the coincidences, life goes well for her, whereas, when she is more impulsive (i.e. less coincidences), things don't always go as well.

Growing up, in highschool, and into college, I often tried to replicate this behavior, and it never worked for me. I never experienced this type of overt guidance from God (which, in my mom's case, has also involved hearing his small, still voice a couple of times). Some of the stories she has told I can write off as coincidence, or confirmation bias, but some of them, and certainly the shear volume of them, are very hard to completely discount.

Question – to what extent do you think this sort of thing could be legit? If it has legitimacy to it, what reasons would you consider for why this isn't replicated in the lives of other family members?

I lean cessationist. I’m largely in the “just do something” camp when it comes to discerning God’s will. My mother, on the other hand, is very much the opposite. I just got off the phone with her, and she was telling me some stories about how she decided God wanted her to marry my dad.First story: She had been praying and praying about whether God wanted her to marry THIS man, as opposed to the ten thousand others she may meet in her lifetime. During the weeks she was praying about that, she and my dad discovered they had the same pin number for their ATM card. My dad was a little freaked about this as a security risk, and they told him it was a 1 in 10,000 chance that would happen. Coincidence? My mom thinks not.After story 1, she was largely decided that this was God’s will. Some short time later, when they were participating in graduation ceremonies at University, they were processing in 2 lines, with graduates from each college/major grouped together. At both baccalaureate and graduation, the assigned position for them to march, out of about 900 total graduates, had them marching side by side. My mom doesn’t believe that is coincidence either.All through my life, my mom has talked many, many times about the amazing coincidences that occur when she is praying hard about things. Her general observation is that when she prays hard about things, and obeys the coincidences, life goes well for her, whereas, when she is more impulsive (i.e. less coincidences), things don’t always go as well.Growing up, in highschool, and into college, I often tried to replicate this behavior, and it never worked for me. I never experienced this type of overt guidance from God (which, in my mom’s case, has also involved hearing his small, still voice a couple of times). Some of the stories she has told I can write off as coincidence, or confirmation bias, but some of them, and certainly the shear volume of them, are very hard to completely discount.Question – to what extent do you think this sort of thing could be legit? If it has legitimacy to it, what reasons would you consider for why this isn’t replicated in the lives of other family members?
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