“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
This is from 2 Chronicles 7:14 where God is talking to Solomon about Israel, and today applies to the world in general. Our lands do need humbling and healing, seeking and praying, and most of all taking heed of a simple admonition. Happy Sunday.
We don’t have to be in a church, mosque, synagogue, temple…whatever…to hear that still small voice. We just need to listen and be aware that God wants to communicate with us. Listen to this:
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
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.”Isaiah 30:21 NIV
For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it. Job 33:14 NIV
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Exodus 33:11 NIV
Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” John 8:47 NIV
God’s Revelation to Elijah
11 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 theLord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but theLord 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]a still small voice.
I like this photo by Anne Zwagers of a flock of sheep with a church in the background. It reminds me of John 10:27My sheep listen to my voice; Iknow them, and they follow me.Looking forward to green pastures today. Happy Sunday.
Only Listen. That was the title of my blog on March 22nd. This morning I read a post by Faith Unblocked, “Lydia” where the author quoted Acts 16:14, One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
My grandmother’s name was Lydia, although she didn’t deal in purple cloth that I can remember. I mentioned her in my book, My Precious Life, which was part of Sunday’s blog.
The fact is this…a quote from Pinterest came my way on Sunday. God says, “Prepare yourself, I’m about to take you to a new level in your life.”
Now, I’m a listener, and when I read that quote I got excited, and am still excited to see what the next step in my spiritual life will be. I have no doubt that there will be a next step.
I read Revelation 1:17 this morning and it reminded me of a dream I had in 1991. Here it is in an excerpt from my book, My Precious Life.
The next time God spoke to me in a dream was 1991. I dreamed my family was gathered in an old farm house which had seen better days. As we exited the house, the overhang of the verandah collapsed, knocking all of us to the floor. I stood up and watched as everyone got to their feet except my eldest daughter and youngest son. As I gazed down at them lying there, still as statues, the thought came to me: My first and my last…why my first and my last? Once again I woke up with a tingly feeling, with the words, first and last, repeating in my mind. I felt no fear or foreboding, but that dream stayed with me for weeks until I came across Revelation 1:17 where Jesus says, “Do not be afraid, I am the first and the last”, confirming that he is truly in my life, and is always by my side, waking or sleeping. To this day though, Debbie and Kelly, my eldest daughter and youngest son, refuse to be on any covered verandah together.
I might add here that in verse 19, Jesus goes on to say, “Write, therefore, what you have seen…” which was one of the scriptures that prompted me to write the book.
I’m not sure why Revelation 1:17 came to me this morning, but I always love to be reminded of the many ways God speaks to us if we only listen.
This man, Frederick Buechner, writes some insightful messages. I love them. And so do the people who read yesterday’s quote about carrying our loved ones in our hearts, minds and stomachs. Two bloggers sent me hugs! Thank you SO much! Today I am posting a quote and giving Buechner’s direct link so whoever is so inclined, may help themselves to his writings.
“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.”
To me, it is astounding what we hear when we open ourselves to listening for more than life’s day-to-day babble. “Faith comes by hearing” are not empty words.
Chapter Twenty-Two – The Still Small Voice
Not long after the first experience, which inspired my resignation from my job at the hospital, I received some spiritual literature in the mail that was very thought- provoking. To this day, I don’t know what that material was, but one passage in particular prompted me to contact a dear friend who was in a life-threatening situation at that precise time. She was experiencing an extremely toxemic pregnancy.
It was her mother who answered my call, and told me that my friend, Anna, was in hospital at that moment, in grave danger of losing her life, and also the baby she was giving birth to……
….and after the fire a still small voice….(1 Kings 20:12 KJV)
Tomorrow – The Gift of Faith – A Lesson in Believing