Stop - Look - LISTEN
i love this picture! The phrase, "I am all ears" comes to mind. And as I have been learning, this is the posture and the attitude I must have to God. I must STOP, LOOK & LISTEN.
Again today, I have included a portion of an article on this subject from Jay Link of Stewardship Ministries.
We Need to Listen
"Do you remember when Elijah had his encounter with God at Mt Horeb? I Kings 19:12 tells us the story, “And God said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” The King James says it was a “still small voice.”
Isaiah 30:21 says it this way, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” God is speaking thoughts into our minds all the time with His still, small voice and only when we stop, look and listen will we actually recognize that it is a thought from the Lord for something He wants us to do.
Let me give you a simple, example of how God puts His direction into my mind. Recently, I was on my way to an appointment when a car coming towards me tried to turn left right in front of me. I swerved to avoid it, but the lady plowed right into the side of my car. I immediately prayed and asked God to not let this be just another frustrating delay and irritating inconvenience, but to do something with it that would honor Him. I accepted that God apparently wanted this lady and me to “bump” into each other that day.
The lady was driving without insurance; was an emotional basket case; pleaded with me to not have her put in jail because she had small children at home and promised she would pay every penny of the damage to my car. I reassured her that she would not be going to jail and even though she didn’t have insurance I did and everything would be okay. The officer arrived and did give her a ticket for driving without insurance. The wrecker soon arrived to tow my car away.
I called my wife to tell her that I was in an accident, but was fine. As I was talking to her, I was deeply impressed by the Lord to give the lady some money. As I told you, I normally only carry a couple of $5 bills around with me to give to needy people I run across, but on this particular day, wouldn’t you know it, I had a $50 bill in my wallet that my son-in-law had given me the week before to repay me for something I bought for him. I had totally forgotten it was even in there.
I pulled out the bill, walked over to the lady and told her I wanted to give it to her – because she was going to have a lot of additional expenses from this wreck. She went from weeping to sobbing and refused to take it. I then said, “Please take it, God asked me to give it to you. He wants you to have it.” She finally accepted it. I got into the cab of the wrecker and rode off with my damaged car in tow, missing my appointment and happy as a lark!
I am not sure there is anything I could have done with that $50 bill that would have been more fun and more of a blessing. I was thoroughly refreshed by my little act of giving. I came away from that calamity less needy than I was before it happened. Maybe the accident was really for my benefit.
I bet many of you have also had the most out of the blue thoughts come to your mind? Someone you haven’t seen or talked to for ages for no reason comes to mind? You have the thought that you ought to do something completely random that was not part of the plan for your day? You sense the need to pray for someone right at that moment. Listen, that is very likely the still small voice of our Owner speaking to you – giving you directions on what He wants you to do today with the time, talents and treasures He has entrusted to you."
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