Responding In His Word -12-23-2013

Responding In His Word 12-23-13
Today as we read our Bibles lets look for something in the Word of God to respond to.
Moses responded by allowing God to guide he and his brother in bringing about change in two nations. More eventually, but their main part was to bring about a response from the people of Israel, and Pharaoh. Of course, then God used Joshua son of Nun to lead the children of Israel to move the people of the earth to submission. He responded to God’s calling Him to lead.
Throughout the Old Testament we could list for at least an hour all the people who responded to His Words to them. One prophet who did so brought oil to empty pots that sustained a family, another stopped the rain and even time has been stopped by people who responded to the call God placed on them to step out and make a change.

In the New Testament I was reading in 2 Corinthians 11 and Paul was talking about how he would travel from one church to another and the church before would provide for him so that the other church could be blessed by his preaching and teaching. I was thinking of how amazing it was that the different groups would respond with giving of food, clothing, etc. Physical responses which brought about Spiritual change in peoples lives. That is how our God works; physical change that brings about spiritual change in our lives.
When we make the physical choice to get up and pray, our spiritual day will go better. The guy may still cut us off, or the clerk may short change us but our choice of how to deal with it will be better.
Think for a moment how you responded to what your pastor spoke about this week. Do you even remember?  This week my pastor spoke about saying “Yes” to God. He brought out how Mary said yes, “let it be how you have said”; when the angel told her she would have a baby. She was not wed yet, was about to turn her world upside-down and yet she responded with a resounding yes!

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.  Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible.”  Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:35-39
I am reminded of Rebecca saying “yes” to her family to follow the servant and change her life forever as well as become the parent of Israel! Little did she know that the simple response would change things as they were?
 And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since the Lord has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.” So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.” Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.” Genesis 24:56-58
Peter, James and John all responded to Jesus’ giving of His life and the rest of the disciples followed suit. So many people’s lives changed along with Saul who became Paul because he responded to Jesus’ stopping him on the road to Damascus the way He did. What if Saul had not responded to go to Damascus when he did?
What have you responded to lately? What did you read in your Bible this morning that called out to you to give a response?

What about in life in general? Is God putting you in a spot that calls for a response from you? Are you contemplating a move in your place of employment, a new home, a new child? Or maybe it’s more of a response to pray for someone or something to come about?
When wondering if you should respond to the Word you should ask yourself these things;
1-       What is the Lord trying to tell you?
2-       When do you need to respond?
3-       How do you respond?
Generally all three answers can be found in prayer, and reading of the Bible. There are times when God will give you circumstances to show you that you are replying in the way which He wanted you to go.
While driving down the freeway this week I was behind what was almost a wreck. A truck came swerving across two lanes of traffic, nearly smashing into the SUV in front of me. It happened so fast that I gently braked and watched as the SUV swerved and from behind it flew a big black garbage bag that had come off the pickup truck that was swerving in the first place. My response was to check my rear view mirror and avoid the car, bag and Fed Ex delivery van behind me. Quick response time kept us from running over the bag, and my car and its passengers were safe.
There are times when we have to make a split second decision to go and visit someone before they are gone, and there are times when we can prepare for the visit so we can provide more for the person. Timing is always important when we respond to the Word of God.
If Moses had waited a few years his mother may have been dead, his brother may have been in jail. Joshua grew along side Moses and responded to His lead to eventually become the new leader.
When Jesus said “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” and when he called to Peter to walk on water, they responded immediately and were blessed spiritually as they followed His direction.
How will you respond to the Word of God today? Will you be a life changer? He changed lives so that you would be there to read the Word of God in your own language today. When you think about it you may get choked up a bit at how many things went ‘just so’ that you might even know Jesus!
We need to stop worrying about what if it goes wrong, and start stepping out and being obedient to His Word today.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to do what you have called us to do today; let us respond with a “yes Lord, I will go”. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Suggested reading: Luke 1:1-80, John 1:1-50, Mathew 4:1-25.