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 […]
Questions? We all have them.
There are important questions. Should I have that operation? Should I sell my house even though it’s underwater? Should I change jobs? Should I break up with my girlfriend?
Little questions can be important, also. Should I eat that last piece of pie? What should I have for lunch? Should I dress to impress or can I wear something that will help me be comfortable?
Paul, the apostle, was traveling pastor and is known as the first missionary. He needed many helpers to be able accomplish the tasks the Lord had given to him. Timothy was a young man when he became Paul‘s friend and then his helper. When Timothy became a pastor in Ephesus, Paul wrote him.
They became first and second Timothy in the Bible. From those letters, we get a lot of good advice. Paul helps to teach Timothy about how to live. Therefore, we can learn from these letters important principles about how we should live. They are written to a young adult. Yet, all of us encounter many of the same problems that Timothy faced.
Paul talked about every day problems and circumstances. He understood that it is the things we encounter each day and how we react to them which is what shapes much of our spiritual growth. Additionally, we see that God is extremely practical about what He wants us to do–small and big.
What many of us don‘t understand is that the big decisions are made in small ways. We are offered a new position at work, perhaps a promotion which will take more time away from our families. Does God want us to take it? When we realize that we are needing a new roof and the plumbing in our home has gone bad, then we may begin to think that this promotion is God’s provision. Perhaps my current boss doesn‘t really like me. But at the new position, my supervisor will be a woman I admire and someone who enjoys my company. This could be God’s way of helping me into a better and more fulfilling position.
In short, it’s the little things that almost always direct my decision about whether I should take that job. It is an paradox. God usually wants us to look at the little things to make big decisions. The Bible helps us to make decisions big and small. Watching the simple issues that make up our lives can be a valuable tool which guides us in knowing the wisdom of the God.