A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, August 11, 2014
“Pilate said to Him [Jesus], ‘What is truth?’ And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews” – John 18:38b
I have been asking God a lot of questions lately, mostly about direction and strategy concerning my new season, and I haven’t been hearing much back. The Father speaks to me regularly through dreams and visions, and also throughout the day on various things, including my writings; however, with these specific questions that I have before Him, I haven’t heard back.
Last week, I said “Father, why haven’t you answered me on these matters?” To which he replied “why do you keep walking away before I can answer?” Hmmmm….I didn’t realize I was, but I am listening now. The Lord then took me to John 18:38, where Pilate asked Jesus not just any question, but a very profound and weighty question, and then walked away without waiting for a response that would have changed his life beyond measure.
My Divine Daddy went on to say “Sometimes you walk away physically, but most of the time, you walk away mentally.” Wow, and I knew He was right (well, isn’t He always? I mean, He is God! :-) ). I said, “I’m sorry Father, you are right. Thank you for that. Help me to wait on you for an answer—really wait.”
Sometimes we get so caught up in the busyness of living that we forget to take a step back and commit our complete care and well-being in the most capable hands of the Father. We have become too accustom to “microwave” answers (and even sometimes the microwave seems too slow for our fast-paced schedules), and carelessly ask God a question without really waiting for the answer and then expect Him to somehow fit Himself into our schedule.
God doesn’t operate like that, and neither should we. The Creator took too much care to fashion us, and then save us, to short-change us by providing a fast-food response to a flippant inquiry, when most of the time we don’t expect Him to answer in the first place. Is this you, family? I know I have been part of it lately. But lately is now in the past, and “right on time” is in the present!
Matthew 7:7 gives us the winning strategy as it responds “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” and the Great Communicator Himself invites us to “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). If we aren’t hearing, it’s not because God isn’t answering. If we aren’t hearing, it’s because we are not listening. And if we are not listening, it is because we haven’t cleared our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual calendars to hear. “God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent” (Numbers 23:19).
I told my wife about my conversation with God on this point last week. And we both are now committed to slowing down, waiting on God, and really pressing in to listen. We are committed to clearing our calendars and giving our full attention to the Father concerning the matters that we have before Him, and determining not to leave His presence until we have an answer, knowing full well that sometimes His answer is: “wait,” “not right now,” or a partial response. At least we are giving the Giver of Life His due respect by not walking away before we hear from Him, which is for our benefit anyway!
What about you, my brother? How has walking away been working for you? And you, my sister: What kind of results have you been experiencing with a half-expecting attitude? Let’s do a better job of clearing our calendars and perking up our ears to really listen what our Creator has to say, because anything else isn’t really worth hearing.
Father, we repent for every time we walked away, rather than waiting for You to answer. Help us, Holy Father, to “be still and know that You are God” (Psalm 46:10). Father, You are the One Who orders our steps and make our crooked paths straight, so help us to set our calendars, as You are the Planner of our days (Psalm 37:23, Isaiah 42:16). We should never be too busy to hear from You and to listen to what You have to say. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we meet with you morning, noon, and night to receive all that You have for us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to make time for God morning, noon, and night. Determine to give Him first priority in your life, which includes each day. Put time with your Creator first and foremost, and keep your calendar clear for listening to the Father. And continue to fight the good fight of staying and pressing in long enough to hear the Lord speak; for God, your Sovereign Answer, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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