Sometimes it seems like God is really silent...But then there's those times where you get the ole 'Double Whammy'......
Friday, I talked with someone for awhile that had a Word for me....I don't even know if they realized that or not, but they definitely had a Word.
Something that was brought up in the conversation was something that I had never thought of before even after hearing the story over and over....the discussion was about how scary it is to step out when we can't see where the next step of ours will go. And the person brought up the story of Joshua and when he was becoming the leader of the Children of Israel after Moses had gone. The scripture says that "The Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, THAT THEY MAY KNOW THAT, as I was with Moses, SO I WILL BE WITH THEE"...And the Joshua proceeds to have the priests walk across the Jordan River which was overflowing it's banks!! Once the priests feet stepped into the water, the water rose up on one side and and the Children of Israel were able to pass over on dry ground. Here's the key point though: When the priests first stepped into the water, it hadn't become dry/passable ground yet! It was still the raging river! The ultimate 'Step of Faith', yes?
We humans like to see a pathway straight in front of us. You all know what it's like to be part of that experiment where you are blindfolded and you have a partner that is to lead you to a destination. No matter how trusted the partner is, the world becomes this huge scary place and lifting your foot in front of the other becomes a huge issue. But God works in the exact opposite way.....His way seems to be "Listen to what I have to say, and THEN if I see you making an initiative to do my will, THEN I will create the path." Those priests had to have been very full of Faith.
The other thing that hit me was today while I was teaching Sunday School I was showing the kids a compass and how it works....No matter where I point my body, it will always point in the Northern direction....The analogy was how the Bible is our compass in life, and no matter where I point my body, the compass (Bible) will only ever be directing me toward God....Now, whether I listen and actually turn my body/actions around is completely up to myself.....but the compass will always be there....pointing...and if I am heading in a direction that the compass is not pointing in, and I get in a disaster, I have no right to then raise my fist and rail at God for the consequences. Well.....Let's just say that while I was saying my lesson, I fell under conviction hahaha! The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sward, that's for sure!