~ Today’s Scripture Art and mini Bible study were designed to help you find God’s will and write Psalm 46:10 on your heart. ~
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I had to laugh when it finally dawned on me. “Of course,” I thought as I mentally bopped myself on the forehead in I-should-have-had-a-V-8 style!
And then I couldn’t stop chuckling.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has private jokes with the Lord.
Now I got it – why the words hadn’t been coming together like they usually did.
Ever had a deadline looming and you really needed to hear from the Lord? Like pronto!
A committee needs your answer by tomorrow – does the Lord want you to add this to your life? Or a scary mission trip needs you to turn in your paperwork – did God really pick you for this? Or you need to make an offer on the house before it gets scooped up – is this the one the Lord wants for you? Just a few examples that I may or may not have dealt with this past year!
I’m sure you have a list too.
How can we speed up the Lord?
(I know. LOL!)
Actually, I do have somewhat of an answer – kind of.
Boy, that really makes you want to read on, doesn’t it? But hang with me.
This all started with Psalm 46:10, which says: Be still and know that I am God.
Note to self: Don’t try to rush God to help you write a post on being still.
Go ahead. You can laugh at me. I sure did.
The hilarious part is that I didn’t see it right away!
Priscilla Shirer says in one of my all-time favorite Bible studies, Discerning the Voice of God, “Don’t go voice-hunting instead of God-hunting. Often we seek to know God’s direction more than we seek to know God. We bypass the relationship because we would rather have answers about us. God wants to speak to you because He wants you to know Him; knowing the direction is just a by-product.”
He wants me to seek Him, not just answers.
Proverbs 8:17: I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Priscilla goes on to say, “No longer do I frantically search for God’s will; I frantically search for God. As I seek Him, stay in His Word, and continue to keep an intimate relationship with Him by confessing my sin, He transforms my mind and emotions to align with His plans.”
2 Corinthians 3:15-16 (NLT):Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Maybe we are having to wait for our answer because we are looking for the wrong thing. I had been seeking an answer when I should have been seeking His face.
Psalm 27:8: You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Jeremiah 29:13: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Acts 17:27 (NLT): His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
So, back to my question with the “kind of” answer: How can we speed up God?
Well, the reason it’s a “kind of” answer is because God’s timing is always best and I would never want anything less. If the best is going to take a while, then so be it.
But, if God is wanting and waiting for us to be still and know before He acts, well …
Perhaps we need to slow down in order to speed things up.
2 Chronicles 15:15: And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.
Are you nodding in agreement but still wondering about that deadline?
Here’s a practical tip from Priscilla: “The more acquainted you are with God’s Word, the more accurately you will be able to hear Him. In a world singed with sin and pride, it is difficult to be certain when God is speaking. However, since the Word of God provides the framework into which His messages to us will fall and is in itself the chief means through which He speaks, we can be certain to hear God most clearly when we remain consistent in our study of and meditation on His Word.”
James 1:25 (NIV): But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
And you know what that blessing is, right?
It’s knowing God.
Be still and know.
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