A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, March 21, 2013
“Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He [God] calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.” – 1 Samuel 3:8-9
What is the Lord trying to say to you this day, my brother? What is your Heavenly Father whispering to you, my sister? Your Father has a lot to say to you; and, He is always speaking. What good parent wouldn’t communicate with their child as often as possible?
The problem lies with us; in that, we either don’t believe that God speaks to us, or we think God has more important things to do. The devil is a lie! We, God’s children, are His most precious and important priority. The Father who loves us so much in that He sent His only beloved and begotten Son to die on a Cross, surely desires to spend time with us! (John 3:16-17). Our Creator, Who has numbered every strand of hair on each of our heads, surely loves to talk with His sons and daughters (Luke 12:7). Our most tender Father, who collects our every tear in a bottle, most assuredly wants to join you for your morning cup of coffee, and your evening meal! (Psalm 56:8).
Let’s looks at another moment in the Bible, where God communes with one of His children:
“Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” (1 Kings 19:11-13).
“Oh, but Brother Matt. That was in the old days. God doesn’t speak to us anymore.” Again I say: The devil is a lie! Hebrews 13:8 testifies with the loudest megaphone that “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!” God spoke then, and God speaks today; because God does not change. He may change His methods, but the Father, Himself, does not change.
God wants you to do something for Him. Get a simple spiral notebook and a pen. Keep it with you throughout the day for a week. Put it by your bed at night. Begin inquiring, like Samuel “Speak Lord speak, for I am listening.” We are no longer servants, but we are sons and daughters of the Father! When Jesus came and reconciled us back to the Father through His Blood, we became His sons and daughters!
Expect God to speak to you, constantly, because you are His child, and He is your Daddy! I actually say “Speak Lord, speak, for your son is listening.” Then thank Him for speaking to you. Use your notebook to begin the habit of training your ear to hear from God, by listening to what He has to say and writing it down. And like Elijah, don’t expect your Creator to speak in a certain way; but be open for Him to speak the way He chooses to speak to you.
So get going! God has a lot to say to you! How do I know? Because He told me so.
Father, thank You for speaking to us. Help us to hear You. Help us to know your voice. Put a sensitivity in our spirits to hear your footsteps in the garden. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we hear You, Holy Father. We thank You that You speak to us every second of every day, and we hear your voice every second of every day, clearly and accurately, and the voice of a stranger we will not follow (John 10:5). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to listen for the voice of your Father. Live each day expecting your God to speak to you, and believing that He will; because surely He will. And continue to fight the good fight of pushing through the static and reaching for that still small voice; for God, your Whisper, 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.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.