Wednesday, September 19, 2012

God Speaks by Jenna Vick Silliman

Sometimes God has a booming voice. At times, as it says in Psalms 18:12-13, His voice is like thunder. However, sometimes He has a still, small, whisper of a voice. Sometimes He speaks through a donkey. Sometimes He speaks through circumstances or through something someone says to us. Sometimes He speaks through the Bible or many other ways. The point is that God speaks. We must not be so busy or so distracted by the things of this world and the activities we pour ourselves into, no matter how noble and worthwhile they may be, to listen to what He has to say to us.
God wants to be in constant fellowship with us—in an intimate moment-by-moment relationship. Jesus said, “I am with you always.” See Matthew 28:20. He NEVER leaves us and never slumbers. It is us; WE don’t stay in touch with HIM. The Bible says if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.

There are many examples in the Bible of God speaking to His children, even in dreams. Are we listening? Do we desire to hear from Him? Are we asking, seeking, ready to receive a word, a dream, a sentence or two, or a “download” from our Creator?  James Goll writes, “The way we tap into this source of inner life, peace, strength, and confidence is by learning to quiet ourselves and wait on the Lord.”

God wants us to YADA Him, which means to intimately KNOW Him. He wants us to delight in Him and His awesome presence. In His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore! See Psalm 16:11. He wants us to enjoy love-filled, joy-full lives because of Him. The Bible says to be continually filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, the intoxicating, blissful, “ new wine” of His presence!

In Genesis 6:9 we read (in Amplified version of the Bible) that Noah walked habitually with God. What if he wasn’t listening? We would have missed that boat! Noah built an awesome ark with detailed instructions and even when people probably ridiculed him, and thought he was a crazy man wasting his time, he LISTENED. God may have some strange and different stuff for us to do too. He is an “out of the box” kinda guy! One person walking habitually with God, tuned in to Papa God like Noah, may make a gigantic difference in the world!

Are we tuned in to His sweet voice? If He spoke to you right now, would you hear Him? He who has ears to hear will hear what the Spirit says.

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”  See 1 Samuel 3:10. 

I want to be like Samuel and Noah and hear You, Papa. I want to know what You are thinking and hear what You’re saying. I want to walk with You and BE with You, Papa. I want to walk with You habitually 24/7. What would You like to say to me right now, today, Papa? I love You Papa and I love it when You talk to me! “Speak, Lord. I’m listening.” ♥

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