Acts 7:3-5, And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
Acts 7:33-34, Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. 34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
Acts 8:26, And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
I never cease to be amazed how God works, especially how He works through His word. This morning, our last day in the States, while reading Acts chapters 7-9, God reassures me, in the midst of my doubts and fears, about the next step in our journey with, and for Jesus, that following Jesus there is often much uncertainty. But we must hear and heed His words!
This is what we call faith!
In Acts 7:3-6, I was reminded that when the whisper of God came to Abraham, he was willing to step out by faith, not knowing where he was going, and he simply obeyed God. And, so should I!
In Acts 7:34-36, I was, once again, reminded that when God wants to meet the needs, whether physical or spiritual, of people, He looks for someone to send, and someone who is willing to GO, regardless of present circumstances of future consequences. And, so should I!
In Acts 8:26-27, I was reminded that God often brings us from a place of blessing to be a blessing to others, and that when God spoke, Philip didn’t DEBATE WITH GOD, he didn’t DELAY HIS DECISION (delayed obedience is disobedience), and he didn’t DISOBEY GOD, he simply AROSE AND WENT. And, so should I!
In all of these stories, along with Paul’s experience on the Damascus Road in Acts chapter 9, we are reminded that when God speaks, we need to hear and heed His words to us. As one author noted:
“Still, I’ve come to believe that hearing the quiet whisper of the transcendent God is one of the most extraordinary privileges in all of life— and potentially the most transforming dynamic in the Christian faith. When people hear from heaven, they are rarely the same again. When the sovereign God chooses to communicate with someone— whether eight, eighteen or eighty years old— that person’s world is rocked. … If you lower the ambient noise of your life and listen expectantly for those whispers of God, your ears will hear them. And when you follow their lead, your world will be rocked. …Whispers can be dangerous things. They can come with huge price tags.”
The question is not whether God is still SPEAKING and SENDING today, the question is, are we hearing Him speak, are we willing to heed His words, or have we become tone deaf?
“Oh, give me Samuel’s ear, an open ear, O Lord, alive and quick to hear each whisper of Thy Word; like him to answer to Thy call, and to obey Thee first of all.”