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The Right Person – The Right Question

August 15th, 2011 No comments

When it comes to hearing God’s voice, you need to make sure you go to the right person with the right question.

Don’t you love going up to a department store clerk and asking a question only to receive a confused or disinterested response that basically says, “I don’t know…I just work here.”

What’s the point here – you go to the wrong person, you get wrong information or no information.

On the other hand, don’t you love it when the right person, comes into you life at just the right time, with just the right information.

We were traveling together as a family heading down to Gulf Shores for a vacation. We are in the middle of Alabama where towns are small and people are few and far between when I noticed we needed gas. We pull off at the next available exit, locate the gas station, pull in and shut off my van. When I get out of the vehicle I notice that some type of strange liquid is spewing out from my van.

Discerning that something just might be wrong, I pop the hood and begin to stare at the engine. I have absolutely no clue as to what is wrong let alone how to fix it. I’m just staring in stunned silence while thoughts of our precious vacation go up in flames.

While the dazed stupor is beginning to set in, I hear a voice next to me say, “Well, looks like your water pump went out.” It was like a hillbilly angel showed up out of nowhere with wisdom from heaven in a southern accent.

“The water pump, huh?,” I smartly added. “Is there anyone around here that can fix that?” I asked.

“Yeah,’ he replied “I just saw the owner walk into the restaurant across the street for some lunch. I’ll go get him.”

Within a couple of hours we were back on the highway. It was a total miracle. God sent the right person, at the right time, with the right information!

The same is true for discovering God’s will for our lives. We need to go to the right person and we must ask the right question. We’ll talk about this in my next blog!

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Humility & the Voice of God

August 10th, 2011 1 comment

Before we can hear God, we must believe two things to be true: 1] that God actually exists and 2] that He speaks to fallen human beings like us!

Let’s examine the first assumption. If there is no God, there is no overarching “Will” to discover, and no higher “Authority” from whom we may seek wisdom or guidance. Since the godless ignore God, they have no desire to seek any “will” but their own. In the end, we are merely insignificant specks of dust in an altogether meaningless universe.

While some fallen humans actually try to convince themselves that meaninglessness is actually a liberating thing, most of us find this thought repulsive. We all live as if life matters. We look for meaning in every situation. To go through a godless existence would be like a lost, traumatized child frantically running through a shopping mall filled with total strangers, searching desperately for the familiar face of our parent.

For the Christian, life doesn’t need to feel like being lost at the amusement park! The first key to discovering God and His will is to humbly admit that you are a stranger. We find ourselves “alive” on planet earth and we had absolutely nothing to do with it. We didn’t create ourselves or this planet. We have absolutely no idea how things are supposed to work! Yet, when we look around, we see the signs of incredible intelligence and design. So what do we do? We should take some advice from the psalmist who cried out…

I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. (Psalm 119:19, NKJV)

We begin by admitting that we are strangers on planet earth. We need God to show us who we are and how He wants us to live. Humbly make Him your focus and He will direct your life.