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January 25, 2016

21 Days of Clarity: Day 15

Day 15: Monday, January 25, 2016

Join us every day as we develop the spiritual habit of reading God’s Word – The Divine Map and learn to follow the Divine Guide – the Holy Spirit as He navigates us through the confusing times we live with clarity and peace.

THE DIVINE MAP READING

Navigate Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) 

“Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” 

What could be more reassuring to a child than the voice of their mother or father? It’s amazing to watch how they respond to a comforting word spoken softly, yet, with confident assurance and love. It’s true in our relationship with God as well. As His children, we long to hear His voice. I love the way The Message puts Proverbs 3:6. It says,

“Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track.” 

This tells me that, for the times I’m prone to complain that God is not speaking, the problem may be more likely that I am not listening. Do you listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go? It’s easy for men, especially, to compartmentalize ourselves, zooming in on whatever is at hand. We tend to separate our spiritual lives from our everyday routines. If that’s the case for you as well, I want to challenge you to make an intentional effort to listen for God’s voice in everything you do, not just in the big decisions, not just on Sunday when you go to church or when you read your Bible or pray. Practice listening for God’s voice in everything.  The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. What is He saying to you? God speaks through His Spirit, the Bible, circumstances, and others in ways consistent with His Word that He may reveal Himself, His nature, and His ways to us.

The Bible is filled with examples of how He spoke in times past. One of my favorites is found in 1 Kings 19 when He spoke to a discouraged prophet named Elijah. Even prophets get depressed! Elijah had isolated himself in a cave which only reinforced his feelings of loneliness.  But, God wasn’t through with His servant. Notice how God spoke to him in verses 11-12,

The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 

To hear a whisper, you have to be quiet. You have to really listen for it. You have to expect it. It wasn’t in the powerful wind, the earthquake, or the fire that God spoke. Those, no doubt, got his attention. It was with a gentle whisper. Listen for that whisper in your life in everything you do.

 PRAY

Make prayer a dialogue – not just a monologue of your voice speaking. Pause and be still. Wait for Him to speak. Sometimes, it’s a simple prompting in your heart or an idea. It could be a feeling of holy discontent or a direct answer from reading the Bible. As you practice the art of listening for the whisper of God, the Bible says,

“Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go….” 

How awesome would that be? 

CHART

  1. What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
  1. Record what you believe God is whispering in your heart. As you seek Him daily, look for confirmation in His Word for what He is saying to you. Begin to take steps of obedience in the direction He is leading you and chart your course.