Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Keep Listening

Genesis 22:2,12
2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."
12 "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."

Sometimes we “hear” God’s instructions then we take over control. Have you ever done that? Perhaps you hear God give opposite instructions and you think you must have misunderstood. What do you do? Will people think you are wishy washy? Will they lose respect for your “spirituality”?

I have been in groups that get guidance from God then seem to drive that guidance as if it is the infinite god. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity.” I have used that scripture often to end a struggling “ministry”. It’s hardly a ministry when it causes more grief than life.

According to Genesis 22, we aren’t ending something God instructed us to do. We are avoiding killing God’s promise as He provides the alternatives. The key is to keep listening.

God’s plans are too big for him to give us the goal and let us get there on our own. He gives us just what we need to know at the time. Our submission is proven in our ability to let Him make each decision along the way.

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PROCLAIM the good news; HEAL the sick and oppressed; BRING JUSTICE
~ Luke 4:16-20

Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing (John 14:12)
~ Jesus 

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