So here I am at the end of the second week of the good morning girls study of the book of Exodus.
This is what God has placed on my heart to share:
– if you listen God will speak, and if you trust, God will act.
I don’t know how it is for others, but for me the ‘voice of God’ isn’t a loud booming voice coming from the nearest tree or showerhead. I don’t so much hear the voice of God as feel it, and what it feels like is clarity of purpose. It feels like assurance that that thing I think I should do is the very thing I should do. It feels like conviction that this action needs to happen, these words need to be said, this email needs to be typed out and sent…see where I’m going with this?
And God acting? How does God act, how does he move? He uses people. More so now in the age of Christ, than in any other time in history – at least as far as I know. God acts through us. He uses people who are sensitive to his prompting and obedient to him to fulfill His purposes. That’s how He acts: through people.
God uses us to bless others and uses others to bless us. Other people carry our miracles, just as we carry other people’s miracles. God acts, and he acts through other people.
What does all this have to do with Exodus I hear you ask?
Well, I’m not sure exactly,
I’m typing as the Spirit moves me, you see but why do you think God told Pharaoh, through Moses, everything that He was going to do? I mean, He’s God, he could have just gone ahead and done it and somebody would have figured it out eventually and said, as they spit out flies, -wait one minute, this must be God. God warned Pharaoh, through Moses, and each plague stopped when Moses entreated God until Pharaoh acted up and the next plague rolled into town. So what does this mean? If the Old Testament is a kind of foreshadowing of the New Testament, then …. Get it? -God uses people to accomplish his will! Not because he has to but because that’s how He has chosen to operate.
What does this mean for you and me? It means our relationships matter. It means it matters who we choose to associate with. It matters who we spend our time with. It matters how we treat others. Are we a blessing to them or a stumbling block? Are we allowing God to use us to bless others? Are we open to the blessings that God has for us that come via our relationships? Food for though, hmm?
I tried to find images to go with this post and I failed. Here are some pictures
because real blog posts have images from my end-of-year holiday instead.
Giraffes at sunset
Elephant, almost close enough to touch
Have a happy weekend!