When our hearts need to hear the voice of God

“Speak LORD, Your servant hears.” (1)

We’re listening. “Speak Lord, our hearts are open. You see the complete story, the total reality. The cost of our turning to You at this time.”

The painful brambles of life have brought temptation – to doubt and believe that You’ve left us alone. That You’re silent and distant. That You’re just like man.

But deep down inside, in the depth of our soul, we know this is a lie. For we learned long ago, “the Bible tells me so.”

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8. Yes, typed in bold.

Somewhere, deep down, this word was filed. Brought up and resurrected, by the Spirit of the living God, to make straight something that had gone wild.

“He does speak. He does dwell inside.” A breath of encouragement is given. He is alive. He does abide.

But, we wrestle with God, even after revelation!

We must not be “fair weather friends.” Let us choose now to believe  when the floods come and it’s typhoon weather.

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . .” Psalm 23:1.

But, “I’m wanting Lord.” We confess in our heart. “I’m needy and helpless. I don’t know how to trust.”

So we cry out together, asking for audible words: “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening,” and we open and turn His “dull looking” pages.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs3:5,6.

A brilliance is hidden under the cover. Hungry we are. So we pray words together:

 ‘“Dear Lord, don’t let my affliction grow greater than You. May I not seek sufficiency from wells, dry and broken, but may I go to You and listen to the words You have spoken.”

  If, “Jesus wept,” (John 11:35) then surely in this life, we will weep as well.

This is God’s word. We will read aloud together, that our souls might be satisfied, and no longer starved with hunger:

“But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”(2)

 I have spoken. Do not be tempted to doubt. I will fill you with My Spirit that your faith will abound. Will you choose to make me Lord and submit? This is the power of God to you. Take hold, reach up, I offer this. Receive.

“For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.
 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
 For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.” “This is My word from Lamentations. (3) Walk in this. Give fear no reservations.”

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

Can we hear the voice of God?

Yes, gentle and clear. Lovingly gracious and dear.

 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”(4)

(1) 1 Samuel 3:9.

(2) Isaiah 43:1-3.

(3) Lamentations 3:31,32.

(4) Hebrews 5:7-9.


Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

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