Ever have the feeling you Need to read your bible? You’re not sure why or what, but you know you need a moment with God. That was me earlier this week. I hadn’t been sleeping peacefully all week and I seemed to always wake up more tired than when I went to bed. So, Wednesday morning …before class, before work and before everything that was ahead of me for the day, I had the feeling I needed to read the Bible. God was drawing me and I obviously was missing His message.
So, I opened my bible not sure where to flip. I thumbed through the pages and landed where a prayer booklet was inserted. The scripture was Isaiah 8. Can we just give a handclap of praise that God always knows what we need to hear and when we need to hear it?
At first, I didn’t think the scripture was relevant to me as it was talking about an invasion. (remember this) Then, I got to verse 19 and God asked a question. He said, “should the living seek guidance from the dead?”
And my spirit was convicted. God sent a flood of images and thoughts through my mind about where I have been seeking guidance. I have an amazing family and I want their approval. But I can’t want their approval for my life decisions above God’s instructions. I have awesome friends who keep me accountable and add laughter and joy to my life. But, I can’t run to my friends every time I have a problem and expect their wisdom to be all my answers. I follow gifted pastors who teach the Word of God in an exceptional way. But my pastors aren’t Perfect and they aren’t God.
One thing I know is God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). And not in a I own you and nobody else can assess you, possessive human sense. He’s a jealous God because He paid a high price for us. He gave His Son’s life for us (John 3:16). He’s a jealous God because He restored our righteousness when we were dead (Ephesians 2:1).
Yet when life happens, we run to everyone but God. The One whose love was expressed by His Blood. If you took a bullet for someone, would you feel some type of way if they sought everyone else’s advice over yours? I’m not saying God doesn’t speak in different forms like pastors, friends or family. Because He most definitely does! But sometimes God whispers where only we can hear. Sometimes, He wants to write a message only you can see.
In my study, I realized that the enemy had sent an invasion ( did you remember? ) my way. The enemy wants our thoughts and our habits, but we must fight him. We must fight to hear the voice of God, to stay in His Word and not this world’s flow. Our lives have been redeemed and they are called with purpose. Don’t be distracted by the world and its voices. Matthew tells us if we seek first the kingdom, everything else will come (6:33). Our family and friends may be great but they are human and flawed just like us. They were once dead just like us and they need Christ just like us.
But our Heavenly Father, well he’s always been alive. He stands the test of time and He is filled with truth and wisdom. He desires to speak to you, to spend 1 on 1 time with you, and He wants to personally communicate with you.
I challenge you to get quiet before the Lord. Seek him without expectation. He smiles when we say, Lord I want to experience you or I just want to be in this moment with you. I don’t need anything except your presence. I’m choosing to seek guidance from the One who is and has always been alive. You are the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and the Creator of the Universe. I need you and I want you God.
Get ready!! Heaven and earth will move when you call on the character of the Holy God. He responds to the cries of His children. Cheers to a lifetime of moments with the Holy One!