Thursday, 6 November 2008
Recently i was wondering why people don't take time to hear from God.I ask myself if what you need to do to hear from him is just to spend more time with him.Why is it that people don't hear from God.I mean to get direction and instruction,as simple as where to go,what to wear and even what to eat,that will set the day right for them.
A young man had been to Wednesday Night Bible Study.The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord's voice.The young man couldn't help but wonder,'Does God still speak to people? After service,he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message.Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways.It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home.Sitting in his car,he just began to pray,'God...If you still speak to people,speak to me.I will listen.I will do my best to obey.'
As he drove down the main street of his town,he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.He shook his head and said out loud,'God is that you?'He didn't get a reply and started on toward home.But again,the thought,buy a gallon of milk.The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice of God,and how little Samuel ran to Eli.'Okay, God,in case that is you,I will buy the milk.'It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience.He could always use the milk...He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.
As he passed Seventh Street,he again felt the urge,'Turn Down that street.This is crazy he thought,and drove on past the intersection.Again,he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street.At the next intersection,he turned back and headed down Seventh.Half jokingly,he said out loud,Okay God,I will.He drove several blocks,when suddenly,he felt like he should stop.He pulled over to the curb and looked around.He was in a semi- commercial area of town.It wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods either.The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.
Again,he sensed something,'Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.The young man looked at the house.It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep.He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.Lord,this is insane.Those people are asleep and if I wake them up,they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.Again,he felt like he should go and give the milk.
Finally,he opened the door,Okay God,if this is you,I will go to the door and I will give them the milk.If you want me to look like a crazy person,okay.I want to be obedient.I guess that will count for something,but if they don't answer right away,I am out of here.He walked across the street and rang the bell.He could hear some noise inside.A man's voice yelled out,'Who is it? What do you want? Then the door opened before the young man could get away.
The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt.He looked like he just got out of bed.He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep.What is it?The young man thrust out the gallon of milk,Here,I brought this to you.The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway.Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen.The man was following her holding a baby.The baby was crying.The man had tears streaming down his face.
The man began speaking and half crying,We were just praying.We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money.We didn't have any milk for our baby.I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk...His wife in the kitchen yelled out,I ask him to send an Angel with some.Are you an Angel?'The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man's hand.He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.He knew that God still answers prayers.
To me,God's voice has always been real.Few years ago,i needed to see a friend,school was on Holiday,there was no mobile phone.So i prayed about it,that God should make it happen.The next morning the holy spirit woke me up and said 'rise up and go to school'.I have not taken my bath,he said "if you really want to see her,go now".On getting to school i headed to my hostel,he said no 'go to compound E'.I went there but nothing happened,i was dissapointed,but something happened as i turned to leave,there she stood just at the entrance of the hall way on her way out of town having breezed in a day earlier without my knowledge.
I broke down and wept,because i was amazed at how God can lead me,in such a little thing.Since then,i don't joke with asking him for direction,even if it is just a Small thing.We all need more of him,in our daily life.There are times that we will just feel something is prompting us,we will call it "something" because we are not used to the working of the spirit.
We need to trace our way back to our maker,if he is the maker,he is the only one that has the blue print. ASK HIM