The Word of the Lord when spoken through our lips in prayer changes people, circumstances, even nations. Psalms 29 says:
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the many (great) waters . The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon … The voice of the Lord splits and flashes forth forked lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the wilderness tremble … The voice of the Lord make the hind bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare the forests, while in His temple Everyone is saying, Glory … The Lord will give (unyielding and impenetrable ) strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.
(Verses 3-5, 7-9, 11 Amp.)
Notice the last verse. It says God will give us strength and peace. How? By His voice!
Last week I discussed how dangerous it is to get too busy and don’t take the time to wait on God. Let’s go ahead and take another look at my closing statement from last week. Over the years, I’ve noticed that those who don’t take time to wait on the Lord aren’t able to hear His voice very distinctly. And, as a result, they make mistakes and Satan takes advantage of them.
Don’t let this happen to you. If you find that you are not clearly discerning the voice of the Lord, clear your schedule somewhat, rearrange some things, cancel some appointments, set aside the busyness of life and spend some time just focusing in on the Lord. Spend some time not just talking to Him – but listening to Him, and waiting upon Him.
I read a book sometime ago called “All the Prayers of the Bible.” There is a notation in it that says, “Very interestingly how much God talks and man doesn’t.” If you’ll study the Scriptures, you’ll see that is true. You’ll see that the praying people in the Bible listened to God more than they spoke to Him, and I believe that’s why they enjoyed such great power in their lives.
Here is a thought we should ponder. “There is a talking with God. There is a fellowshipping with God, and there is a waiting on God. If we do these things I am sure the results would be marvelous.”
I believe, one of the reasons why we have barely done those things I just mentioned is because we’ve been too impatient. We’ve been like those Israelites who wanted to speed along on their horses. We’ve wanted God to hurry up and give us our answer so we can get on with our plans.
But in these days, we must have a dawning upon our soul. We must realize that God is not like this age. He is not like a computer, which gives us a read out every time we punch in a code or the click of a mouse.
No, He speaks to us in His time and in His way. He speaks to us when we reverence Him enough to wait on Him. He speaks to us in that quiet resting place. And even then, He doesn’t speak like we want Him to. He doesn’t write on the wall or speak through a burning bush or a bolt of lightning.
He speaks quietly, in the stillness of our heart; and most often, He gives us a simple word – short and to the point. Oh, but that word will make all the difference in our lives if we take the time to rest and be quiet in His presence.
A word for Today: "Take On New Challenges"
Many people aspire to promotion but few are willing to step up and do what needs doing. Those few that do usually rise to positions of leadership and the truth is, influence flows to those willing to shoulder responsibility. Malcolm Forbes once wrote, “Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it. Those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.” The Book of Proverbs states, “The hand of the diligent will rule.” I hope you are a person that is willing to take on new challenges.