Our entire world and being exist because God speaks. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:2) Hebrews 1:1 and 2 says, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Our very existence is a context for the language of God.
We know that He created the world and us for His own pleasure, and we know that He wants a relationship with us. Jesus taught His disciples to pray so that they (and we) could communicate with the Father. And the really good news is that we are befriended by Jesus. He is our friend for the journey of life on planet earth where we learn how to recognize His Kingdom and discover how to be children of God.
Do you hear His voice? In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” I don’t know about you, but I can only go so long without hearing Him speak to me. I need a “fresh Word.” I also know that I don’t typically hear Him speak something relevant to me, something pertinent to my current situation, unless I am asking, listening and waiting on Him. I can’t expect Him to shout at me from heaven as an interruption or road block to my pellmell rush toward self interest and promotion. I’m not saying He will never do that; it just hasn’t (very often) been my personal experience.
Today, as I was focused on Him in worship, I heard Him say, “You can stand on what I have said, but you must listen to what I will say. I will lead you on from where you are.” I don’t know if this is a Word for you, too. I only know that it made me realize that I have further to go and more to do. And, I won’t be able to go or do without hearing His voice and obeying His Word. He’s the One I am following.
I encourage you, in your journey this week, to take time to listen. I believe He is earnestly longing to speak with you and with me. Let’s be known as His sheep. Let’s be led by the good shepherd.
I know this video is long, but I encourage you to take the time to listen, worship, and receive the blessing of God for you.
Until next week, live in the presence of the Almighty, Who is for you.