When we read our devotions in the early morning hours, I get either inspired or chastised and sometimes both. Today is one of those ‘both’ days. Mr. Blackaby’s devotion was about hearing God speak, and when you ‘listen‘, how do you respond? Mr. Chamber’s devotion was about waiting to hear God speak the direction and guidance for our life.
Peter was not a good ‘waitee’. His mouth spouted before necessary often, usually with non-spiritual blather. He could not wait for the Master to speak and even in his devotion to Jesus, argued with Him. I am not a good ‘waitee’! BUT, when in doubt, I try not do anything. (most of the time) How many of us have messed up by getting ahead of God? We will probably never know. (Keep your repentance up-to-date and you won’t have to find out the hard way.) Some of our ‘getting ahead’ of the Lord has years of repercussions and some we have to live with for the rest of our life. Wait on the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
When we wait and then we “LISTEN” on a continuing basis for Word from the Lord, it usually comes through reading His already written Word, we will be in awe. Like God’s people throughout the Scripture, Abraham-“take off your shoes you are on Holy Ground”, Paul on the road to Damascus-“Saul, why are you persecuting me?”, or John the Disciple in Revelation fell down with no strength, Peter fell on his knees in recognition of who Jesus truly is…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
When we hear from the Lord, in whatever way, whenever, we must “Listen” and obey, but “Wait” until you do hear from Him. The caveat here is relationship…stay in close relationship with Jesus on a daily basis, reading the Word of God, other devotional materials, fellowship with other Christians and stay prayed up!