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Listen. . .

“Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: — Acts 13:16b

Listen:

to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
to pay attention; heed; obey

God is calling, speaking, commanding, warning, teaching, counseling, etc. Are you listening?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Listen to These Words

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. For David says of Him,

‘I saw the Lord always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
‘Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope; Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. ‘You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’ — Acts 2:22-28

Are you listening? Words of hope. Words of gladness. Words of victory.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Listen And Miss The Mess

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. — Isaiah 30:21

An incident happened last evening that brought my mind to reflect upon this verse at the rib cook-off fellowship at church. Everything went well and with an extremely full stomach I thought it a good idea to work off some of that fullness by helping clean up.

I gathered up my glass salad bowl with a bit a fruit salad left to take home (I didn’t eat any at the dinner hoping to have leftovers to enjoy later) and placed it out in the hallway on a dehumidifier unit. A thought came immediately into my mind, “If you place that bowl there it could fall off from the vibration of the machine”. I chose to ignore that wise counsel and placed it there and went back to cleaning up.

It wasn’t very long when I was approached by a man who informed me that my salad took a dive and the bowl shattered into pieces. Hmmm. Now there is a mess to clean up. Why couldn’t I have listened to that thought that came into my head?

God does that. He speaks to us. Sometimes a still small voice, sometimes as clear as I heard the instruction to not put the bowl where I placed it. When the Lord speaks we should heed His words or we will find ourselves in a big mess that we will have to clean up.

The Lord God promises us that “Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” In seeking Him daily listen and practice obedience to His every Word.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Word of Comfort

Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life. — Psalm 119:49-50        When I have [earnestly] recalled Your ordinances from of old, O Lord, I have taken comfort. — Psalm 119:52

Where do you turn to for comfort? Your best friend? Mom? Dad? Brother? Sister?

The Psalmist here prays to God for comfort. He reminds God to remember (or was he reminding himself) His word and promises given to him, His servant. “Your word causes me to hope”. For those with no hope, there is no comfort.

God’s word is able to comfort and revive. It gives life. The Word encourages, inspires, guides, and gives us hope. It tells of a faithful friend who is always there for us, listens to all we have to share with Him — our pains, struggles, anger, hurt, as well as our joys, triumphs, and dreams. He gives us life.

Go to Jesus first. He knows what you need and when you seek comfort He finds just the right way and time to bring you comfort. It may be with a phone call or a visit from a friend. He cares for you more than anyone you will ever know. Let us trust Him with our lives and He will bless it. We will be comforted.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon