Friday, April 19, 2019

Word from God

Have you recently received a fresh word from God? Do you know that God speaks to us in many ways? Do you know the story of the Prophet Elijah? “And the word of the Lord came to him; ‘What are you doing here? Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:1). Elijah had just run for his life from the evil Queen Jezebel. God was talking to him personally about Himself and his mission.

“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; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13 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?”
14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria”(1 Kings 19:11-15NKJV).
God was telling Elijah in a whisper, a still small voice to trust and obey Him and to return from the “wilderness” to where he would obey and anoint a king over Syria. God was and is still very specific in His instructions. The author Henry Blackaby wrote in his book Experiencing God, that the Holy Spirit of God speaks His will for us through prayer, His word, the Bible, other godly people and circumstances.  In Old Testament times God spoke audibly to His prophets. This is rare today as He speaks more so through Scripture. He spoke to Samuel the Prophet in 1 Samuel 15:22 saying, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offering and sacrifices as much as obeying the voice of the Lord?” 

God wants us to obey His word, whether spoken audibly or from reading it in Scripture. I have had the  awesome privilege of having God speak to me audibly while sitting in a Christian counselor’s office. As we sought the Lord, I saw Him high and lifted up as in Isaiah 6:1, “I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple.”  Then I heard clearly the words, “This is the way, walk in it.” At the time I did not know that this was a Scripture verse from Isaiah 30:21 saying, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” I asked the counselor a Franciscan Monk if he had heard it and he said, “I heard the voice, but I don’t know what He said.” This incredible confirmation of my hearing brought great joy and fear at the same time. I have come to know that God was calling me into ministry to follow Him the rest of my days.

This clear call was given in love from the One who created the heaven and the earth. This call came shortly after I had received the Lord Jesus Christ as my own Savior and Lord by the side of the road in a blizzard along Lake Superior while driving back home from my hospital work. I gave my life to the Lord as I had just heard the word of the Lord through a radio station in Upper Michigan. It was the only station I could pick up in the storm. Chuck Swindoll, a Christian author and preacher spoke of god’s love and forgiveness for my sins. I knew that the message was for me and I obeyed it, taking a knee in the snow to receive it and Him. Since then, my life has been a rocky journey ever forward and upward with the Holy Spirit and God’s word as my guide. That’s how life will be, full of blessing and heartaches. But God is faithful as I write in my book, Great is God’s Faithfulness. God has led me into my calling of hospital chaplaincy and writing.  I now have published four books and have a blog that goes out around the world, God is faithful and has also led me to write a book in response to His call; This is the Way, Walk in It. The book delineates how to follow the admonition of Isaiah 30:21 about walking in the way of the Lord. It covers personal theologies and brings essays on subjects ranging from abundance, grief to wisdom.

Yes, God speaks to us in many and miraculous ways His will for us. Read His word, Meditate on it and listen to His teachings and plans. Be obedient to His word and know that “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts. 
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater, 
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,

And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:8-11 NKJV).

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