Rosebuds of Faith Devotional Series: Speak, Lord...
by Lili Richey Willard 3/15/2011 / Devotionals
We had a snow storm last night, and still into the morning. We will have more of and on throughout the day. It is beautiful to see and to watch as the flakes float out of Heaven and into our lives, and as they gather together as friends on our lawns.
As I have been watching this phenomenom (and it truly is one, here in the south!), I am reminded of God's glory. It is everywhere we look, if we will but open our eyes to it. Recognition is sometimes difficult for us. What may seem glorious to one is seen as a danger, or a threat to another. I see the beautiful whiteness laying all around...someone else may see an obstacle to getting on with things for the day. I see it as a chance to stay in and have some respite. To take it easy, enjoy my home, to catch up on tasks that need to be done; to take the time to be with God.
I started today by reading Oswald Chambers. He was focused on 1 Samuel, from the 3rd chapter. It was about how Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision God had given him. It was, after all, a condemnation of Eli, for his unfaithfulness to be obedient to God's will. He had allowed his sons to be unholy, to be defiled, and to steal and plunder the storehouse of God.
But Samuel had heard the Lord's voice. At first he thought it was Eli calling him, but eventually he heard 'the Voice'. He knew who it was. And he was fearful of what he heard, though he was obedient.
Do you hear God's voice? Do you even want to, or are you fearful of what He may tell you as well? I think we all are, but oh, what a wonderful voice He has! And with the hard things come the sweet things. He loves us, and He loves to tell us so. When He is hard, it is for our good; not for harm.
Oswald said, 'Speak Lord.' Oh, I want to say this too. And even more, I want to hear His voice. I want to be one He talks to, who He shares his thoughts with, and then one who will do as He tells me to. I desire complete fellowship with Him, and I wish to see and hear Him in the world around me. I need to be able to discern His voice. And I can do that only by reading his Word, by learning of Him, by literally becoming closer to Him than I can even imagine. Then there will be no doubt who is speaking to me. And I will have no reservation about answering.
'Speak, Lord'...and I will hear your voice. I pray you will ask Him to speak to you as well. What an awesome God we serve.
I love the LORD! I write the Rosebuds of Faith Devotional Series on my blog,ohiolilisview.blogspot.com/ and Angelwingdevotionals at angelwingdevotionals.wordpress.com/.
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