Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 27, 2015
Guest Writer: Meet my friend Shana Schutte. We are blessed to have her as our guest writer.
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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Praise Our God Almighty! This is exactly what he has been showing me over the last year! You articulated it perfectly. Thank you!
Thank you for your very enthusiastic “Praise Our God Almighty!” We are so thankful you were blessed by this devotional. I will be sure to pass along your thoughtful comments to Shana Schutte, our guest writer. We are thankful for her insight, too!
You know, this devotional “struck a chord” with me, too. There were so many reminders in her words of what a truly authentic relationship with Jesus is all about. It is all about our willingness to spend time with Him, to talk with Him and more importantly, to LISTEN to HIM. Gracious, I was a bit convicted, and I am thankful for the reminder….
Shana summed it up so beautifully when she stated: “I can’t think of anything in life more thrilling than hearing the tender, sometimes convicting, always life-giving voice of God.”
Thank you Teresa, for taking the time to reach out to us. We are thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter.
Blessings to you and yours.
Believing and trusting~
“Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.”
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