“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” Isaiah 6:8
When we were children we often raised our hands to get picked to either participate on a team or answer a question. We wanted to participate. We wanted to be a part of something. Often times we are comfortable signing up or stepping into something we are familiar with or can predict the outcome. God does not always provide us details to what we are signing up for. He directs us, always with us, on a path that requires us to rely on Him. These time offer us an opportunity to press in deeper with God, deepening our relationship with Him and trusting Him more. God is looking for us to willingly raise our hand to follow what He has for us no matter if we know the path or not.
“Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 8b-9a
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This morning I was locked out of the house. I walked out of the house nearly at the same time as my son. I led with the dog and he followed. When my son closed the door behind himself, it was locked. He never noticed as he got in his car and drove off to school. I wanted to blame him for not unlocking the door, but he had no intent of going back in the house so there was no need for him to unlock it. It was my responsibility to unlock the door. I was the one who opened the door, the first to exit, and the only one interested in coming back into the house. I looked around the garage for the hidden key. Without much intent, I asked God for some help; I kept searching. I heard my neighbor getting ready in his garage so I walked over there to get a spare key we keep at their house. When I asked if he could get our spare key, he said he did not have one or if he did, he had no idea where it was. At that moment, I wanted to search his house for the key and accuse him for me not being able to get back into the house. When I returned to my house, I pounded on the door to get my wife who was sleeping, and kept rummaging through the garage. My wife finally arrived and let me in. When I was walking in the house, I stated that she was my savior this morning. She was my savior because I was searching for any savior outside of God. I later found out that I searched every drawer and cabinet except the drawer the key was located. I did not over look the key in the drawer. I missed it completely.
I was hunting for the key in my own strength. I may have thrown a request to God, but I never stopped to listen. He knew where the key was the entire time. While I thanked God for my wife getting up because she heard me slamming the cabinets and drawers as I searched and pounded on the door, I never stopped and listened for what God had to say about my situation and allowed Him to help and direct me. All so often we get ourselves into trouble, and while we are going through the situation, we try to find others to blame. We may throw a prayer to God, but do we take the time to listen and hear a response? Having a relationship with God is a two way street. Sometimes we even need to spend more time listening than talking.
Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. Romans 4:4
Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” Luke 9:35
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
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