For Such a Time as This … Part 3

For Such a Time as This … Part 3

Do you know your God?  Do you know His Voice?

I believe that these are two of the most important questions that one needs to ask him/herself.  There is urgency in our days to truly know God, and to be able to distinguish His voice in the midst of so many other voices.  Considering the times in which we live, discerning His voice is key to understanding His will.

I think the story of Samuel as a young boy is a great example of knowing God’s voice:

”The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.  One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called Samuel.  Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.  Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD (emphasis mine): The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening. (emphasis mine)” 1 Sam 3:1-10

Because Samuel did not personally know His Lord, he thought that Eli was speaking to him. In order for one to be able to hear God, one must first know God, i.e. have a personal relationship with Him, and know His Word (Scripture). Nowadays, many people know how to say the right things, how to behave in the right way, sing the words of great worship songs, and even know how to pray in the right way. However, many of these have never had a personal revelation of God; they appear to know Him from the outside, but would not be able to distinguish Him from any other god.

There are many temptations around us; there are many gods that man has made for himself; there are many voices out there, and let’s be honest, quite often we choose to heed the one that “tickles our ears”. It’s the voice that makes us feel good versus the one from God that often asks us to do things that challenge us and make us uncomfortable.

So what are we to do?  Let me offer my conviction that the Body of Messiah needs to wake up and realize that if we say what we believe, if we say that we know the One and Only True God, if we truly hear His Voice, then we can turn this into obedience to His call for such a time as this.

So again I ask: Do you know your God? What voice are you paying attention to?

Shabbat Shalom,

Moran

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2 Comments on “For Such a Time as This … Part 3”

  1. Indeed, absolutely. His Holy Spirit agrees with His words, and His works. To cherish the Christian walk with the L_rd G_d of host, first, we have to be rightly in spirit, mind and body-related, consecrated and totally dedicated and convinced over Who He should/must be in our lives. Our priority and our treasures is in Him alone, His Holy Spirit belongs to this department. So far as I understand being right and joined in G_d is through His Holy Spirit alone, He knows how far, how much we have truly dedicated ourselves to Him. His indwelling Holy Spirit in us approves His own voice and words. In Christ Jesus’ Name, amen.

  2. I am glad that I am in the process on getting to know God with the help of His Holy Spirit. I have been saved for 32 years now and it is getting sweeter every day. One thing I have learn to be important is that God works better when as Psalm 46:10 say to Be still, and know that I am God. I have learn to listen to Him and it is always as in 1 King 19:12 say “gentle”. Spending time with God is my priority in life and I can not wait to see Him face to face.

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