Tuesday, January 18, 2011

the right answer

We don't always know the right answer to give.  In fact, far too often the right words just escape from me.  God is always speaking, and we as His children need to be listening.  As I think about hearing God there is no special place to go or thing to God to be able to hear.  We simply need to listen.

The Bible tells us to be still and listen.  We are told to follow God and listen.  It makes a difference when we deal with sin and trouble so that we can hear God.  Those things are true.  Yet at other times we simply need to listen.

Isaiah said:

Isaiah 6:8 NLT
Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me."

Isaiah heard and responded to God.  Big things happened after Isaiah listened.

Samuel said:

1 Samuel 3:10 NLT
And the Lord came and called as before, "Samuel! Samuel!"And Samuel replied, "Speak, your servant is listening."

This kid, Samuel, thought someone else was calling when it was the voice of God.  After Samuel listened, God began to use this kid to do great things.

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is about the 3 boys wouldn't follow the king and were thrown into the fire for it.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abedego had some nerve not to listen to the king.  But they were set.  They had heard from God.  They did what God said, and because of their choice to do what God said an entire nation heard from God.  Here is what the King said after God saved the 3 dudes from the fire.

Daniel 3:28 NLT
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king's command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

It is time that you and I say similar words to word others have said.  It is the right answer.  Samuel said he was ready to listen.  Isaiah said he heard and he was ready to respond.  We simply need to give the right answer, "I'm ready to listen and I will do what you say, God."

That isn't easy, but big change will happen and blessings will come when give God the right answer.  Now it's your turn!

Jesus said:

John 12:26 NLT
Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

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