18 Dec
2012

Yesterday’s Conversation with God

It sounds nuts, but God and I have these little conversations, and I’m really not kidding.   Frankly, I would agree with you that I am crazy except ever since I have been earnestly seeking Him in the mornings and at intervals throughout the day, He has shown Himself so clearly and so regularly that I’ve learned to look forward to it every morning. 

I go to a quiet conservative church, nobody is rolling in the aisles, in fact only a few people raise their hands during worship at all, I say that because I want you to understand that I am not any different than you.  I am recording these occurrences online because I hope you will grasp that God desires to talk personally with you as well.   As you present your body “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” and as you are “not conformed to this world” but are “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1&2), you will recognize the voice of Good Shepherd teaching, comforting, and guiding you.  “…And the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice.” John 10:4b 

It is logical when you consider that God is omnipresent and all knowing; He knows the past, the present, and the future.  He knows every hair on every person’s head.  He designed all the complexities of our DNA, can He not also design the details of our lives?  He knows what will happen 5 minutes into the future as well as what a nation will do 500 years into the future.  Yes, He can and does speak personally to His children through His word, and the more the child of God believes that, the more directly and frequently He speaks. 

Desire and anticipate His voice, and prayerfully ask for ears to hear (believe He intends to speak to you; this request to hear pleases the Lord, and also remember the Spirit dwells within you, waiting to do this very work) then read until you sense He is looking right at you, and speaking to your soul, for His glory.  You can not have this ‘sense’ without faith; it is absolutely essential.  But with faith, and with fear and love for God, you will hear His voice.  Once that occurs, what else is there to do but fall on your knees in worship?  Now prayerfully speak to God about the particular passage He pointed out to you.  Then meditate on it during the day, and cherish, and obey His voice.  That is a conversation with God, and it can happen daily.

Yesterday’s Converstion 

During my morning devotions I read Romans 10:14 – 18, I will just write down the first part so you get the gist of it, “How, then, shall they call on him in whom they have not believed, and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard…”.  I then pleaded with the Lord, specifically crying out with the words of Isaiah, “Here I am, send me”.   

Later that day, after church, I prayed for guidance on scripture to memorize so that I can be fully prepared for gospel presentations as the Lord provides the opportunities.  The Lord has already helped by leading me to John 3:16, then the 10 commandments and Romans 3:23, but I wanted additional scripture to memorize that would express the holiness of God.  The Lord chooses when and if He will answer, but I am grateful to have the privilege to ask Him for guidance.  Please understand that I never know how the Lord might direct or what He will say when I open scripture, and I certainly never expect an immediate answer to any request for guidance but He chose that day to answer immediately. 

I opened an unused KJV bible to Isaiah 9 and read near the end of that chapter.  I recalled that during my morning devotions, I read in Romans about the sending out of preachers, and my prayer in response to that reading was Isaiah’s words, “Here I am, send me”.  Perhaps the Lord would use that very verse during this midday conversation since I happened to open to Isaiah.  I didn’t know where that verse was, though I recalled it to be toward the beginning of Isaiah, and that’s just where I was.   Immediately after thinking that very thing, without flipping the page I had just opened, my eyes fell squarely on Isaiah 6:8, “Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, Here am I; send Me.” 

So I knew which verses to memorize to describe the holiness of the Lord to the lost.  I only had to look above Isaiah 6:8, which was my earnest cry to the Lord that morning, to find the perfect passages, Isaiah 6:1b-5:

“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.  So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”

I could easily brush that off as a little coincidence if such things only happened on rare occasions.  But I can testify to anyone willing to read this that it is not rare in the least.  This occurs all the time, almost daily, certainly weekly, and for years.  I used to write it down because it was so strange and I didn’t know when it would happen again, if at all, but now I anticipate it and I write it down so that I can better understand and remember, and hopefully, to strengthen the faith of others.  And I can tell you that I’ve been a Christian for over 20 years and the Lord didn’t move like this until I started seeking Him with all of me, earnestly asking for eyes and ears of faith to see God at work and to hear His voice.   I’ve never seen the dead being raised, or someone instantly healed or any such thing, but I have absolutely no doubt that the Lord speaks to me personally through His word.  And I’ve come to realize that to be just as miraculous. 

 

So, what do you think?