Look and Listen

[Hope is on the horizon]

Lately, I keep making the same mistake.  I keep saying that I will do something– whatever that may be–forgetting that it’s God Who’s in control, not me. What I should be saying, as scripture even states is that if the Lord allows it, I will do such and such.  

“Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

–James 4:15

The Lord has woken me up early this morning, so here I am once again writing up a storm. I’ve been writing so much lately that I feel as if I’m buried in it.  Many of the things I’ve written, still need to be typed, while others are in the editing process.  I’m looking at all of it like it’s quickly becoming a mountain.  I have no idea what needs doing, in what order I am supposed to proceed, or when it will be posted.  The weight of it, is starting to feel so heavy.  This too, I understand, is not without purpose; God is showing me how easy it is to get buried.  We all do it–get ahead of God, whether we says that we will do something without waiting for God’s go ahead, or whether it’s the lies that we believe that have us burried– sky high, even

We’ve learned all to well, to stifle God’s voice, and we can even harden our hearts when we don’t understand. We are a very stubborn bunch.  Just like the Isrealites, we don’t always listen too well. It’s time to start paying attention. Those who have ears to hear, should listen!  The lyrics to the last song I posted (Winter Snow) refers to Jesus like this:

“But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night

To the earth below”

 

–Chris Tomlin

Jesus wasn’t forceful.  He never forced anyone to listen. Today, it’s no different.  He still speaks in that quiet and gentle manner through the Holy Spirit, but if we aren’t listening, we simply won’t hear Him.

“And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”

— 1 Kings 19:12

We can forget all the good that He has done for us. We either stand still and complain, or we move forward without Him.  The Israelites did the former; they refused to enter the land that He had promised them; they complained and hardened their hearts, even though God had been with them all along.  The Lord had in fact provided everything they needed along the way.  They had nothing to complain about, or to be afraid of because God was always with them.

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”

–Exodus 13:21

They couldn’t see all that God had done for them; He’d protected, fed and clothed them, even giving them manna from heaven to eat.  However, this too, they we’re not thankful for, and so, they grumbled and complained. (Numbers 11:1-15)  God heard them, and this made Him angry. (If we’re complaining, we’re not truly being thankful). Moses became so weary of dealing with them, that He took it to God–Who was merciful enough to give him help with this ungrateful bunch. (Numbers 11:16-17).  The Israelites never could see all the good that God had done for them.

“Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land.  With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders.  But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.  Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.  You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.””

If you’re still standing and have been provided for, God is still carrying you as He did the Israelites.  He’s so very forgiving and He doesn’t give up on us, but you have to start listening, and you must stop complaining.  It’s in our best interest.

“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

Moses had told them that there would be curses for their disobedience, (Deuteronomy 28:15-68) but he had also told them, that there would be rewards for those who turned back to God. (Deuteronomy 30:1-8) Now is the time to turn back to God! Stop ignoring that still small voice. These promises weren’t for Israel alone.  They are for you as well,  and they are just as true today.  (In Christ, we are all a part of the same family).

If you don’t want to be pinned and buried under all the fear and lies, you have to start listening.  You have to open your eyes and your ears and wait for God to show you what to do. (I have to do this too.)  Stop believing the lies, because what God promises is the truth.  You’re almost there. Hope is not lost.  You’re not too far gone.  God is telling you that those mountains are going to be made low.

“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.”

— Luke 3:5

He has plans for you too, plans that are good. He has no intention of harming you. You just have to remember Who He truly is because you’ve forgotten and you’ve been lied to.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

 

–Jeremiah 29:11

If you’d like to take a walk in the snow with me follow the bread crumbs—–>Purpose (Fearlessly)

 

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