“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me,” Isaiah 48:17-19.
This was the passage that I read this morning that really spoke to me. I read and reread the same passage. I felt God saying to me, “Sonya, how many times have you heard my voice and doubted that it was me? How many times have you not paid attention when I spoke?” I really believe that God takes us through different stages in our faith walk. Our walk with Christ is much like our growing stages. We are formed in our mother’s womb, then we are born, then we begin our many different growing stages. God is the potter and we are the clay. He is constantly taking us and shaping us and molding us.
God gives me His word. He tells me time and time again, “I am the Lord your God.” Why is it we can’t believe when He gives us His word? Why is it we can’t believe when He gives us a vision or a color or a quiet whisper? Through out the Bible God’s people constantly had to question Him. We can’t hear it once and believe, we have to ask God to confirm it in another way.
A dear friend shared a story with me the other day. She had told me that someone had shared something with her in confidence. This young person did not want her mom to know. My friend said that she knew she needed to share this with the young girl’s mother, but did not want to lose the relationship that she had developed with the young girl. So my friend prayed. She asked God to show her what was right. She threw out her fleece and said, “God, if you want me to tell this young girl’s mom, have her call me now.” A few minutes later, the mom called. My friend could not believe it. She spoke with the woman, but continued to doubt. She said nothing. After they hung up, she cried out to God again. “Lord if this is really what you want me to do, have her call me again.” Sure enough, after she finished her call, the mom called her up again. She knew at that point that she was supposed to speak to the mom about the lie her daughter had told her.
Why do we have to doubt God? Is our faith so small? God wants to direct our paths. He wants to teach us. He wants us to have peace in our life that flows like a river and righteousness that is like the waves of the sea. When we receive a word from God, it is ok to ask Him to show it to us again for clarity. But at some point we do need to respond, just as my friend did. God wants to direct our paths.
I encourage you today to act upon God’s word in your life. God wants to bless you and He wants to bless me. He wants us to receive His peace in our lives. God can move in great ways in our lives if we only let Him. Invite God this morning to show you His plans in your life. Throw out your fleece before Him and ask for clear direction. He will show it to you in a way that you will understand. Make His desires your desires!