Tuesday, July 31

What is God speaking to you?

"Hearing, God?" you might ask. " oh, boy, this one's gone loopy..."

Hold on. Bear with me a second.

Have you ever sat by yourself in quiet and start thinking about something totally unrelated to what you were just thinking about? Maybe something that needs a change. And a solution that you wonder where in the world came from.

Have you ever spoken too quickly to your child and feel an instant gnawing in your spirit?

Have you ever prayed, under duress, and felt a relief wash over your spirit and a new resolve and steadfastness?

God speaks to us in many ways. And though I've never had a Balaam experience or even heard God in an audible voice, He speaks to me every day if I'm still enough or willing enough to listen.

Lately its about my attitudes. I'm not snotty or sassy nor am I a yeller or a screamer. But does my voice betray notes of "ticked-off-ness" when I'm losing patience with my children? Can I easily let my kids know I'm irritated by my voice? You betcha.

Am I cultivating a meek and quiet spirit or am I easily stirred up and stressed by difficult situations? These are the dealing of my heart where I can see God calling me to change.

"You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." 1 peter 3:4

I've been reading on the subject of having a meek and quiet spirit which seems to be the topping off on what God was already beginning to challenge me with. When I looked up the word "meek" in the Strong's I found this paragraph,

"Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time. "

Sean and I had this conversation recently on why God allows difficult people to enter our lives. Wouldn't it be so much easier not to have bitter people in our lives, cultivating turmoil? Why do we have to negotiate with folks who have no interest in reason and wisdom?

My dear husband and I came to agree that if it weren't for difficult situations and difficult people, our faith would be so completely shallow. While we're thankful for the end product in our lives and see the working of God's hands, neither of us enjoy the "going through" part when our faith is tried and we must stand on that which we say to believe. God is good and His will divine.

I heard an excellent sermon once on the subject of meekness. The speaker said that most people think of meekness as cowardliness or weakness but how in fact, to be meek, it takes incredible strength and resolve.

Am I strong enough to resolve to hold my irritated tone in check when dealing with our children? Am I meek enough to let others have the last word, knowing full well that God is my judge and holds the standard of truth? Do I have the strength of character to do the right thing?

What is God speaking to you?

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