Direction from God

Psalm 89:19 Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people...

God speaks to those who diligently seek Him. But God also speaks correction to His beloved children.

I have heard from God in a variety of ways. God always says exactly the right thing - whether I realize it at that moment or not. At first, it may take me a little while to comprehend all that I can see when I look back on the experience later.

Since I desire to obey God, a godly sorrow flows in me when His correction comes, and then repentance floods. He can turn me around with a word. But His comfort isn't far behind.

Wouldn't you love to be one of the faithful people to whom God speaks in a vision?

Me too. I'll take any form of communication necessary as long as I keep hearing God.

Nevertheless, I would much rather hear direction than correction from God.

It's okay to ask

Psalm 50:13-15 "Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

Almost everyone understands that God doesn't want us going to church to put money in the bucket to pay for whatever miracle God will throw our way. God isn't a miracle vending machine.

God is a real person who responds to our faith and our cries for help. He comforts us when we can't stand on our own. He sends people to teach us how to pray. He helps us develop our faith so when we find ourselves in trouble, we can thank Him for already being there in the midst of it, ready to show us the way out.

Giving thanks is sometimes a sacrifice. There are times when we have to kill our own desire to flee in fear. Instead of fleeing, we speak out our faith and thanksgiving. We do this because we know God will respond.

He wants us to call upon Him in the day of trouble. He's ready to deliver. And when He does, we can't help but honor Him.

Don't think that God is tired of hearing our plea for help. He's happy that we're running to Him.

Texting God

I once heard a pastor tell a group of children that God has a phone number. He proceeded to tell them to look up Jeremiah 33:3. This is where God says, "Call to me and I will answer you..."

I find it interesting that when we call people we listen for an answer, but when we call God, we just talk.

Listening for God is a part of seeking Him. And it's almost a lost art.

When we pray, it isn't really like texting God. But almost. We send our message and expect something to happen. If God should ever answer us with the same attitude we use toward Him, it would freak us all out.

I've heard a lot of people pray over the years. Some pray with a performance voice and some use a humble tone. Some pray prayers others have written and some pray from their own heart. If I were God, I know what I'd prefer.

I like how God says He will answer us, according to Jeremiah 33:3. "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

When I read that, I feel like a young student with her chin in her hands, staring up in awe at The Great Teacher. Almost anything He says to me will be great and unsearchable, and certainly something I don't know.

But He's spoken to me wisdom that I can use most of the time.

I think I'll keep listening.