I am learning again that the Holy Spirit speaks softly, with gentle reminders of things that need to be done, like giving thanks, praying when prompted, above and beyond the ordinary and trusting and responding to His guidance. The Holy Spirit never raises His voice. You really have to pay attention.
I have a bad habit of not reacting to what He tells me to do right away, like putting it off until it is more convenient and this is so not good. I’m learning to respond quicker but there is still a learning curve. I think one of the beautiful things about God is that you can tell Him like it is, which is kind of crazy when you stop to think about it because He definitely already knows exactly how it is. So sometimes, when I don’t react as I should, I start my prayers with an apology. He is so patient.
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I marvel that God hears and answers our concerns and will so often give us what we ask for when we are putting His kingdom first and totally relying on Him. Sometimes they are little things like asking Him to provide us with the words to touch some one’s heart or contain the overall situation so that He is glorified. I also marvel at how He can turn things around from what looks like it could quickly head to chaos and bring controlled order and peace.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher that your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
As of late I’ve been praying and asking God not to allow me to get in His way. It’s so easy to do that, over ride His direction, disregard His guidance. Ask Him, trust Him, thank Him.
1 Kings 19:11-13 NIV
“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The wonder of it all is that He responds to us, answers us, shows us His love by guiding us, if we don’t get in the way.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!