It’s hard to converse with people who mumble or whisper. There are two parts to a conversation: Speaking and listening. When we are having a conversation with God, listening is more important than speaking. Psalm 85:8 says, “I will listen to God the Lord. He has ordered peace for those who worship Him.”
The nation of Judea in the time of Babylon’s invasion and the fall of Jerusalem lived in their fallen national capitol. Thousands of citizens were carried away to Babylon. However, a few of the people had been left in Jerusalem. They had been told by the Lord to stay in Jerusalem but they decided to go to Egypt. Jeremiah was forced to travel with them. (Jeremiah 42)
God told Jeremiah to speak to the people again. Jeremiah told them that they had not listened to the Lord again and again. God told them that they would all die in Egypt. God reminded them of all the ways He had spoken to them and how they had not listened. God told them that it was more important to listen to Him and to obey him than any thing else they might do.
Jesus told his disciples, “My sheep know my voice.”
I was fearful and struggled with that for a long time. Like many people, I was afraid I would miss hearing God when He spoke to me. One day the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “Linda, it isn’t that you must be such a good listener. I am a very good caller.”
God knows all of us and he loves us passionately. He knows how to speak so that we can understand Him. He knows us and he knows our unique voice.
What we must do is have a heart that wants to hear God’s voice and wants to be able to obey God when He speaks to us. There is no magic pill we can take to be sure that we are hearing God. But we do have a great loving God who will direct and lead us if we are willing to hear and listen to him.
The Lord speaks in a variety of ways. The Bible tells us more than 90 percent of what we want to know about Him and His will for our lives. The Church has faithful teachers who write and speak with God’s authority. And the Lord speaks to our hearts. Iverna Thompkins once said, “You can tell the Lord is speaking to you when you have a thought that is smarter than you are.”
The Lord wants to us to be able to obey. He will speak to us in a way that we can hear and understand Him.
I’m in love with a gift I was given to me months ago–a NEAT Scanner. I was told it was the best. However, I was concerned about setting it up in my computer. Finally, yesterday I bit the bullet and took it out of the box.
The hardest part of the set-up was taking it out of the box.
The set-up was two clicks and plugging in two wires. I’ve scanned everything in sight. I’m looking on the Internet to find a way to scan my favorite shoes so I won’t ever have to buy another pair.
You are invited to attend
The Special Gathering of IRC 2015 Christmas Play
“It’s a Christmas Play”
7:00PM Saturday, December 5
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
1050 Highway US 1, Sebastian
7:00PM Sunday, December 6
First United Methodist of Melbourne
110 E New Haven Avenue
No transportation provided to or from the play. Refreshments served after the performance.
My favorite holiday, even as a child and young person, was Thanksgiving. It is a time for sharing love with family and friends. There are no gifts. However, to quote a good friend, “It’s all about the food.”
Nevertheless, as I grow older and the years of my widowhood increase, I’m often reminded that many people face Thanksgiving Day with little prospect of happiness. Families shatter; relationships crumble; careers vanish’ drug and alcohol addiction grips more tightly.
Even one of these circumstances can overwhelm us during the holiday season. Couple several together and it becomes a recipe for deep depression and disaster.
Most of us realize that happiness and joy are two different emotions. Happiness depends on outward circumstances. Joy is a result of inner peace. Happiness is transient, fragile and temportary. Joy is permanent, strong and ever present. A teacher once described joy as a little bird in the middle of our belly that is always singing praise and songs of thansgiving.
As I wish you a wonderful holiday season, I’m praying that the Lord will give you His everlasting joy. Your simple prayer asking for the peace and joy of the Lord in your life is the first step to know that God is love and He desires what is best in your life.
Have a joy-filled holiday season.