God is calling... are you picking up?
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”Isaiah 40: 3
… at the same time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz saying,” Go and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so walking naked and barefoot. Then the Lord said, “ just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old Naked and barefoot... Isaiah 20 2-4
How much does God have to do to get your attention? Will He make someone walk naked before you to get a message across? Or will you take the time to listen to His still small voice?
God wants to speak to you today; right where you are He is calling, do you hear His voice?
Why is it we cannot hear the voice of God; here are a few reasons.
Some days it seems we just need to get shaken up to get our attention off of our own problems. Some days we need to wake up to the needs of those around us, or the blessings that abound in our neighbor's house and know that God is moving.
Lets work to get rid of the things that bind us, and throw off those things that hold us back from doing what God has called each of us to do. Lets find our purpose and walk in it!
Today my daughter started University, my son started at a private school and I am not teaching for the first school year in 17 years! I am seeking the Lord for direction if there is another job for me but He just keeps reminding me of the books He has given me to write. The list grows daily so I will be reading and studying and writing as I go! Look for new books to come!
I could have chosen to lay around and eat bonbons all day, but I have decided to follow Jesus!
When I made the choice to follow Him I gave Him the controls over my life and so I must seek Him for what I need, where I go, and what I do before making choices. God is good and He will not leave me standing here long before He will give me a new project.
He will provide the words, and I provide the fingers. So as I sit here writing and formulating the words with which to encourage you and I also giving birth to new ideas for books to write! I am being encouraged by the words that God is giving me as I write these words for you today.
We never know who we will effect with a kind word, a smile, or a response to a question asked. It is important to reach out to the poor and give them blessings; don't support their bad habits but bring them to Christ's door that they may open it and learn to seek Him for their needs.
This week as we listen for His voice each day try to write your self a few notes about what you think He wants you to do with what you see, and what you hear. Then look back on Friday and see if you have responded to the Holy Spirit as He draws you toward the direction and purpose in your life.
Heavenly father, help us to focus on our work of the week, both in the world but not of the world. Help those we converse with know that we have made You our CEO. Give us the words to speak and ears to hear what you have told us as well. In Jesus name, amen.