Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 27, 2015
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Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)
Last summer, I traveled into Chicago by train from my home west of the city. On the way, I didn’t notice the clickety-clack of the tracks because I was engrossed in thought about hearing God’s voice. The following ideas came to me; I wrote them down, and I’d like to share them with you. I hope you are encouraged.
If we know about God without being connected to God, Christianity will seem flat and empty, like it isn’t real or authentic. Christians may seem like they are faking it, because at some level we are faking it; we aren’t living in authentic relationship with Christ and we project onto the body of Christ what we feel ourselves. And speaking of relationship, that’s something I have been thinking about, too. In Christian circles, we throw the word “relationship” around a lot. Don’t get me wrong, being a Christian is about relationship.
“I am the vine and you are the branches” (John 15:5).
But I find it so interesting that we can say we have a relationship with Jesus, but rarely talk with Him, and maybe even more rarely listen to Him. That would be like a woman saying she has a relationship with her husband but she rarely speaks to him and doesn’t listen to a word he says. That’s not a relationship. What we need is a redefinition of relationship with Christ. And part of that definition involves listening. Which, I might add, is very exciting.
I can’t think of anything in life more thrilling than hearing the tender, sometimes convicting, always life-giving voice of God. I am not talking about a big, booming voice that comes out of the heavens. But instead, a still, small voice that meets you in your quiet place as you read His Word and listen for Him. Those moments are some of the most amazing times anyone can experience in life. Personal connection with the Living God! Frankly, there is nothing better. Are you listening?
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. . .” (John 10:27)
Prayer: “Lord, sometimes it’s hard to imagine that the Lord of the universe wants to speak with me, but you do! Please help me learn how to hear you better and help me to listen expectantly for your voice.
Application: Hearing God often requires stillness. Get alone with God in a quiet place today, read His Word, pray and write down what He reveals to you.
Related Readings: Psalm 34:17-20; John 8:32; John 16:13; Romans 8:14
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