So much of life is waiting. . .

As a Christian, I am waiting for a lot--for God to do His refining work in me, for Jesus to return, for me to GET how much God loves me and for me to see what He is doing . . .

What to do in the meantime? I have learned much about what the Lord is trying to teach me, tell me and show me through the discipline of daily time spent reading the Bible. So often we make this time harder than it has to be.

This blog was born out of wanting to share what God is showing me and wanting to be an example that daily time with God is not a deep or mysterious thing (well, every once in a while it can be), but simply a time to read scripture and note what jumps out at you that day. We don't have to be scholars or super-holy or ministry leaders to do this. Some days I hit the jackpot and others I come up empty--but only by persevering do I give God the space in which to speak and myself the stillness in which to hear and obey.

As of June of 2017, I've now decided to include parts of our adoption journey, which is, so far, yet another chapter of waiting.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Whose voice?

Genesis is one of my favorite books in the Bible. I do a plan where I read through the Bible in a year and I was very happy to be finished with the minor prophets and the book of Revelation. Stories about actual people and their lives are more interesting to me than the symbols of end times, and usually I find more applicable verses. That's just me!

Chapter 16 in Genesis is talking about Abram and Sarai. God had told Abram that He would give Sarai and Abram a son--in fact, that Abram's offspring would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. However, Abram and Sarai were old--in their seventies and eighties, and, problem was, it was taking forever--years and years and years. So Sarai comes up with a plan, and shares it with Abram:

1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2And Sarai said to Abram, "Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her." And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.

Whenever I listen to a voice that isn't the Lord's, and any time that I take advice from other people without lining it up with scripture and praying about it, I am at risk of making a decision that is not wise. The Lord uses other people to speak to our lives, and to share wisdom, but I have to be sure and match up their words with what the Bible says, and compare it to what God has told me. Abram didn't do that--he listened to Sarai instead of trusting the Lord to do what He said, and hurt and heartache happened because of that.

Just good reminder for me!

1 comment:

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