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I’m looking forward to a discussion with some of my fellow disciples about how this book is helpful and fosters our spiritual development.
My right ear is better than my left. Sometimes when there’s lots of background noise, I can lose track of what’s being said and have to look quizzically and say “Sorry, what?” This can also happen when reading the Bible.
There is a recurring conversation that seems to cross all cultural boundaries and ways of thinking. On the trip I just returned home from, it was a pretty frequent topic. The conversation I have in mind has to do with a question: “What do I do when I don’t hear from God?”
Now, the way you look at that question has a lot to do with your own personal theology (oh yes, you do have such a thing). If you ask a group of 4 people to describe “hearing from God” you’re highly likely to have at least 4 different answers.
But let’s just say, for the sake of this post, we’re talking about dryness in your reading of the Bible. (I hear that a lot.)
There are many reasons that when we read, nothing jumps up off the page, lots of those reasons are just circumstantial. It often has less to do with God not speaking and more to do with our personal situation creating enough interference that the message is just not coming through clearly. Don’t freak out. Just keep reading. The signal will clear up. It comes back to the whole sail-row-drift-sink metaphor. Just keep rowing.
See, the worst thing you can do is give up. That’s when we really stop hearing and start drifting or sinking.
So, if you’re not hearing anything special or particular for you, fight off the natural inclination to quit. Keep rowing. Or as those kids sang in that famous garden “take up and read, take up and read.”
Or, keep listening, and you’ll hear. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but keep reading. You’ll hear. He is speaking. That’s why it’s called a discipline.
[Photo: nearing sunset, somewhere west of Johannesburg, South Africa at 35,000 feet.]
I was pleased and honored to meet with leaders in South Africa this week to hear their plans for the land that has been prayed over for several years now. The long process of God providing the funds through His people and the longer process government paperwork for the purchase phase is almost over.
Next comes preparing and protecting the land. Note the verse again. Leveling and sowing a border.
“When he has leveled its surface, does he not scatter dill, sow cumin, and put in wheat in rows and barley in its proper place, and emmer as the border?” (Isaiah 28:25 ESV)
The next phase of this ministry project will be leveling the ground and installing a protective fence. Then a garden, a nursery, and eventually a place for training leaders and a safe place for children.
It’s a slow process. But we need to learn to trust God in His time not ours. His is God. It’s His Kingdom! We are His workers, let’s faithfully seek Him for the future, but do the work He gives us today and leave tomorrow and next year in His capable hands.
Aim at Heaven with our plans.
To God be the glory!
This was one of my final shots in Mossel Bay. The lighthouse is on what they call the point. Of course we know that lighthouses guided ships at night.
We too need guidance.
We need fellow disciples who know us and tell us the truth.
We need to be part of a congregation to get equipped for the journey.
But most of all we need the Light of the world.
I’m in 1 John as I ride the M’Cheyne train each day… here’s a great reminder:
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7 ESV
Or at least keep rowing!
But when the ground seems to shake and circumstances are difficult, remember this…
“When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalms 94:18-19 ESV
Aim at Heaven
Ride the train
This is my last day in Croatia. I’m encouraged on all fronts by my time here. It’s not been all peaches and cream, but it has been fruitful. On my way to pick up some cleaning I took these shots of and around the cathedral and central market…
which is an amazing place to sit and drink too many espressos…
Next up is a 25 hour trip to Mossel Bay, South Africa. Prayers appreciated!