Taking an honest look at ourselves and where we are spiritually is a good idea every so often. How are you?
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
Reliability comes through stability. How does one become stable? Through regular prayer and practicing the presence of Christ. During crisis, we run to our “go-to’s.” Some people go to alcohol; others run to a certain person. For some, it’s an activity (gaming, work, etc). Christians are to go to the LORD. We establish our connection through daily–continuous–conversation and follow-ship. Without that connection, we are no better off than the world.
There is a story in 1 Kings 13 that demonstrates what happens when we forego our connection with Him and act on what we see and hear. The entire story is very interesting, but here is the crux:
8 But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. 9 For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’”
18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.
23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. 24 As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.
Why did the old prophet deceive the man of God? I don’t know. The point is that the man of God had his instructions from the LORD. Why didn’t he check with the LORD before going with the old prophet? Joshua did the same thing concerning the spies he sent to spy out Ai (Joshua 7:2). Had he checked with the LORD first, the LORD would have told him that he had sin in the camp (Achan had stolen some of the plunder from Jericho that was dedicated to the LORD). It cost the lives of 36 men.
As we pray for revival, please don’t take ANYTHING for granted. Check with the LORD before making any decision, both major and minor. Nothing is too small in our lives about which God isn’t interested in helping us make good decisions. It’s all about the CONNECTION.
What we don’t realize is that the whole point of our salvation was to re-establish our relationship with Him. He wants conversation, trust, and intimate fellowship with us! When we pray, He answers all the time! Let’s listen and see what He says:
Me: Good morning, Lord.
God: Isn’t it, though? I made mornings consistent so that you can get up each morning and spend it with me.
Me: Holy is Your name.
God: Yes! Thank you for acknowledging my holiness. I want to impart it to you. Today, let’s work on ____________ in your life.
Me: May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.
God: Thank you. I can hardly wait until I re-establish my kingdom on earth. Just a few more souls…
Well, you get the idea. The more we know of God, the more we know what He will say to us. It’s all according to His Word. With this knowledge comes confidence as we converse with Him. We trust His Word, therefore, we trust what He tells us. Our track record with Him sets the scale as to how much we trust Him with our future.
Let’s be conscious of His presence today and turn to Him continually throughout the day. Read His Word with the idea that He will use it to communicate with us. Let’s listen for His voice and watch for His lead. Walking with Him is EXCITING!
Abba, as I go through today, make me aware of You in all I do and see. Give me Divine appointments; teach me; give me sweet fellowship with other Christians. Is there someone with which I can share the Gospel today? a word of encouragement? I will be looking for You in everything and listening for Your Voice, O Lord. Amen.