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Hearing God

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” – 1 Samuel 3:1

In our day and age, it isn’t that God isn’t communicating with us, it is that we aren’t good listeners. I don’t think “the word of the Lord” is “rare” today. I think we have gotten complacent in our listening. We pray for God to guide us but do we really expect Him to act on that? We pray for God to direct us but how do we think God does that exactly? Does God make us a bit smarter? Does he somehow make one option seem better to us? Does God open the right doors and close the wrong doors? Or does God inform us in any more direct of a way than any of that? Is it possible that not only should we pray for God’s direction but that we should also stop to listen for it? Shouldn’t we, who ask for divine guidance, do our best to focus on God and look for God’s answer?

I don’t pretend to have all the answers to how God answers our request for guidance. I do believe God can and will do whatever He wants. So I am trying to not just be a faithful asker for guidance. I am trying to become a faithful listener for God’s answer. I am open to God doing that in whatever way God wants to do it.

There is a story in the news right now about a prominent televangelist who said God told him he needed a fourth jet (valued around $50 million) so that he could share the Gospel with every creature. Stories like these make us skeptical of how God communicates to us today. As N.T. Wright once said, no one is turning down all $100 bills because a few counterfeits exist. The fact that there are abuses doesn’t mean every instance is illegitimate. The fact that there are dishonest, misguided people doesn’t mean God has finished talking and communicating today.

So let me ask you this – how have you experienced God’s answering your request for guidance and direction?

Love is the Inevitable Result of Purity

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – 1 Peter 1:22-23   1 PeterContinue Reading

Learning to Talk With God

Raising kids makes for some fun and challenging times. One of the things that we feel is essential to their growth and maturity is how to talk with adults. There are basic rules of civility that we want our kids to know and do when it comes to talking with adults, for example – lookContinue Reading

Filling the Emptiness

In order for anything to get filled it must have room to receive. If something is already full there is no room for anything new. When we make ourselves overly busy we have no room left to be filled. Ironically our busyness is often an indicator of our emptiness. When we fill our hearts withContinue Reading

Catching God in One of His Grocery Store Parenting Moments

If you are a parent you know the moment…it is that moment when you have had enough. Your kid has done something for the umpteenth time and they have been at it for several hours. You finally hit your limit and you let them know it in the strongest possible terms…in public. Store patrons areContinue Reading

Do the Next Right Thing

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Pharaoh’s First Words

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know theContinue Reading

Chosen By God: Two Extremes and Some Middle Ground

Just how much is God at work in the world? Is God responsible for all things or nothing at all? Is God involved in every detail of every happening or has God left us to fend for ourselves? There are two extreme positions to just how much God works in the world. On one sideContinue Reading

Logos Review: The Indelible Image By Ben Witherington

Take a New Testament theology and blend it with a commentary on the whole New Testament and then pull out the resulting ethical message of every New Testament writer in nearly every new Testament book and you get a 1700 page, 2 volume book of excellence that is “The Indelible Image” by Ben Witherington. ThisContinue Reading

The Resurrection of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac

God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac is a tough story. It brings up a lot of questions about God and a lot of questions about Abraham. We don’t get all of the answers but one of the answers we do get is found in Hebrews 11:17-19 in regard to what was going through Abraham’s mindContinue Reading

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