“I became silent and began to listen and in listening I heard the voice of God.” Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, and poet.
Joseph, Jacob, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of these characters? Maybe you see a technicolor dream coat or a wild, bearded man coming down the mountain with two tablets of stone.
Joseph, Jacob, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, all larger than life, the A List, the Who’s Who of the Holy Book of God. But read between the lines and you will find people just like you and I (maybe minus the beard).
Joseph locked up, betrayed, forgotten, lied about. Jacob, a manipulator who stole his brother’s inheritance, Abraham who did not always believe God, Sarah who thought she knew better than God, and Moses? An angry, frustrated murderer.
Not one of them got everything right and they had days, years even, when everything went wrong. They did not float, they limped, scrambled, fell. But they never stopped believing. They never turned away for ever, they never stopped trying. They had moments when they remembered the truth of these words,
“I became silent and began to listen and in listening I heard the voice of God.”
What should I do?
I am afraid for my life, my family, my future.
I am at a loss, I am heart broken.
I cannot go on like this.
I need you God.
Over and over again, you will read how these ordinary people got to the end of themselves only to find God there. Joseph, Jacob, Abraham and Sarah, Moses they met God when thy were confused, afraid, lost, desperate and alone. And at the place where they found Him, they would leave a stone marker, a humble monument to an eternal meeting.
God was here with me.
God is here with you today. What should you do? Stop, rest a while, be still, listen. Let your heart do the talking, then still. God is here.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3, v22-23, NIV
He believes in you.