By George Flattery
Today's Scripture: Numbers 22:28
Central Thought: God desires to speak to you and me.
Many signs and billboards in the path of Hurricane Charley were no match for the violent storm. However, one billboard resisted the hurricane's 100-mile-per-hour winds. While the billboard still stands, the advertisement that was there when Hurricane Charley hit was peeled back to reveal an earlier message. When the sun rose the next morning on Sand Lake Road in Orlando, the words on the billboard clearly read: "We need to talk. God."
Why is it that when we speak to God, people call that prayer, but when God speaks to us, people call that schizophrenia? Does God speak to us? How does He speak to us? How are we to listen when He does speak? At various times and in various ways, God has spoken to people throughout history, even through a donkey, as Balaam found out in Numbers 22! Balaam actually had a conversation with God via this animal. What's crazier, God's speaking through a donkey or Balaam's holding a conversation with one?
No one likes to be around anyone who does all the talking. Good conversation requires giving and taking, speaking and listening. It's the same in our relationship with God. God speaks, but are we listening?
Author Mike Yaconelli says:
How can we listen? Listen with an open mind. Be ready to receive God's Word through the Scriptures, circumstances, Christian teachers, and friends. Have spiritual headphones on at all times. Listen with a discerning mind. Check every word with the Bible. God will never ask us to do something that is contrary to His Word. Check every word with those whom we trust. There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. All of this comes from spending time with God, alone, in solitude. Solitude with God is not loneliness, for we are in the presence of God Himself!
God desires to speak to us today. Are we listening?
Devotional Prayer: Lord, speak to me today. My heart is open to You. Guide me, lead me, and show me Your will.
Today's Bible Reading: Numbers 22:21-23:30; Luke 1:57-80; Psalm 58:1-11; Proverbs 11:12-13