TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
Jer. 33:3 (NKJV)
'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you
great and mighty things, which you do not know.'
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
God does not hide His will from us. When we truly desire to know what He would have us to do, we need only seek Him. His Word promises that if we call to Him, He will answer us. And when seek His will, most often what we find is the heart of God.
INSIGHT INTO GOD'S WORD:
There have been many times when starting to write a devotional, I will have to stop and regroup. You see, I don't want it to be from "me." I don't know who is going to read these devotionals-- but God does. I don't know WHEN someone is going to read them either. The other day someone was on our website and was reading something I posted three months ago-- but again, GOD DOES. So it is very important to me that whatever I share it is because I know that it is what God is impressing upon me. I will admit, there are times when it feels like I have to "force it." So I stop and go sit before God and seek His Will and His heart in the matter. When I do, it is amazing how He will bring peace and thoughts to me. It's almost as if I am "seeing and hearing" the message at the same time-- like God is working it out in me. Afterward, I will go sit down with my computer again.
When thinking about this, it brings to mind Elijah. In 1 Kings 19:4 we read; But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers" (NKJV)! Now Elijah may have wanted to lie down and die-- but God had other plans for him. He wouldn't let him and sent an angel to minister to Elijah instead. Afterward, Elijah walked 40 days and 40 nights to the top of Horeb (the mountain of God).
When Elijah got there, he was ready to spew everything out that was bothering him. In fact, he did! It says in verse 9, the Lord asked Elijah, "Why are you here?" And Elijah poured out all of his "woes" to God. Now I am thinking what happened is very similar to what happens at my house with the boys. The other day my youngest son was "fit to be tied," and when I asked him why, boy, I got an ear full! The problem was my son was so upset that I had to let him vent for a moment because I couldn't get a word in edgewise. The thing was my son wasn't ready to listen. It was very clear he needed to get out what was bothering him first. I think this is what Elijah did. Afterward, God had him go stand at the edge of the cliff to overlook the valley as three different storms passed through, but in each storm Elijah found that God wasn't in them.
I tend to think the storms represent different types of storms we go through in our lives and also storms that we go through on the INSIDE of ourselves. While they are raging-- while WE are raging-- it is very difficult to hear the voice of God. But when we get past ourselves, when we have depleted ourselves, God basically says, "Do you want to tell me again-- this time without yelling?" The reason I say this is because that is exactly what God did to Elijah. After the storms had passed and there was just silence, God asked him again, "why are you here?" And Elijah told Him, but I am thinking this time it must have been in a completely different tone of voice (read verses 9-14).
After telling God what was upsetting him, God regrouped Elijah and gave him direction. What surprised Elijah was that God was sending him to a place that, from all outward appearances, was horrible. But in SEEKING God, do you know what Elijah found? THE HEART OF GOD. And do you know what was on God's heart? Seven thousand people who had not bowed down and worshipped a false idol (see verse 18).
What Elijah saw was a city full of corrupt people who had no respect for the living God, but what God saw was the heart of 7,000 people who were waiting and desperately needed Him.
This thought of a changed perspective is very similar to what happened to Abraham in Genesis 15. The Lord came to Abraham to give him encouragement and in a sigh of “But Lord..." Abraham went on to voice his concerns about how he saw things.
"Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless,
and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"
Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring;
indeed one born in my house is my heir!"
(Gen. 15:2-3 NKJV)
Again we see that as Abraham was seeking after God, the Lord revealed His will to Abraham. What did Abraham find? The heart of God and how GOD saw things! The Lord basically said, "No Abraham, that's not how it's going to be."
Read with me: And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be” (Gen. 15:4-5 NKJV).
In both of these passages today, what we see is that after seeking God and sharing with Him how they (Elijah and Abraham) saw things and what they felt; God showed them something different. God gave them direction and a hope for something else.
God gave both of these men a new song, and God showed them what HE wanted for them. Both of these men were honest and laid their concerns out before God. And the Lord, true to HIS WORD, honored them, answered them, and showed them things that they had not known before.
I know there have been many times I have gone seeking the Lord in a matter where I have started out praying one way and by the time my quiet time with the Lord is over, I find myself praying and rejoicing over something different. All because God has quieted MY thoughts, changed MY heart, given me direction, and revealed something else. Usually it winds up being something totally unexpected or surprising. Why? Because it was what HE wanted, things I could not have known or seen by myself. I believe He shared His heart with me because I truly wanted His will and not my own. My friend, have you done any searching for God lately? Have you honestly laid things down and asked Him to show you how HE sees them instead? Call to Him-- He will answer you. And don't be surprised if it winds up being something else.
♥ PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, thank You for making Your will known to us. Thank You for being faithful to answer us and show us things we could not have known on our own.
Lord, I lift this reader up to You and ask You to give them an extra measure of faith today. I ask You to hear their prayers and show them Your way. Lord, I ask You to open their eyes to see You, their ears to hear You, and their minds to perceive You clearly.
In Jesus' Name,
My friend have a blessed and Christ filled day!