Waiting to Hear From God

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Many stories in the Bible tell of people who heard from God, and once they heard from him, they waited for his promises to be fulfilled. Some waited patiently. Some did not.

One Biblical story of someone who decided they’d waited long enough for God to act on his promises is the story of Abraham and Sarah. God promised them a son, but it took an awful long time by human standards, to provide that son, so Abraham and Sarah took matters into their own hands and paid a price for not waiting.

Another example of someone who waited a long time for God’s promise to be fulfilled was David. God promised David the throne. Again, by our way of thinking it took an awful long time before God put David on Israel’s throne. Unlike Abraham and Sarah, David did not take matters into his own hands when he had the opportunity to kill Saul.

The Israelites grumbled and complained, staged rebellions against God’s appointed leaders, and wandered forty years in the desert before they reached the Promised Land of Canaan.

After years of waiting, Hannah cried out to God for a son, he heard her cries, and within nine months her long awaited son, Samuel, was born.

Anna and Simeon were told they would not die before their eyes beheld the Promised Christ Child. They waited in the temple their entire lives for that promise to be fulfilled.

In each of these instances I wonder if, like me, they questioned if they’d heard God correctly. Did he really tell them what they thought he said? If so, then what was the hold up? Why the long wait?

While I’m waiting to hear from God right now about decisions, there are things I believe God has promised me which are yet to come. There are decisions I have made based on things I believed God told me, but which will never come true. There are also things which came true in my life that I never expected.

Sometimes I waited with patience – not my strong trait. More times than not, I’d have to say I did not wait patiently.

The key, possibly, in all of this is to be willing to truly listen as we are waiting to hear from God.

What do you do during those times when you are waiting to hear from God? Do you wait patiently, or not?

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The Lord has made both these things: ears to hear and eyes to see. Proverbs 20:12 (NCV)

 I wish you well.

Sandy

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Find Us Faithful

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

When we look back over history, we find those who were faithful to do what God called them to do despite the prevailing thought and opposition at the time. These faithful of God did not seek fame or comfort or recognition for their good deeds and obedience, they merely sought to honor God with their lives. Oh, that we would do the same.

At times we may grow weary in doing good, feel like giving up, and not want to fight the good fight anymore, but it is precisely at those times God’s strength shines the brightest through these broken vessels we call our lives.

Moses really wasn’t too keen on returning to Egypt and confronting Pharaoh, demanding he let God’s people go, but go Moses did. Not in his strength, but in the strength and power of a Mighty God.

God’s many prophets warned the rebellious Israelites to turn from their wickedness, but the people refused to listen and did what was right in their own eyes, regardless of how their actions went against God’s laws.

Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail for preaching about Jesus, the Risen Messiah, yet their songs of praise rang out through the jail until their chains fell, and the door to their cell flew open.

In more recent years there was Harriett Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oskar Shindler, Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Jim Elliot … and many many more. Men and women who were faithful, sacrificed themselves, and stood up for justice for the sake of others.

So when we become overwhelmed and burdened by the things going on around us, let’s think of all the Saints who have been faithful and gone before. Let us take courage, and keep on keeping on to fight the good fight in accordance with God’s will. Amen?

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Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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