Monday, March 23, 2015

Jeremiah 23:16-20 (ESV)

16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

18 For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord
to see and to hear his word,
or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
19 Behold, the storm of the Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back
until he has executed and accomplished
the intents of his heart.
In the latter days you will understand it clearly.

Our Lent is drawing to a close. Has it been fulfilling? Has God spoken to you?

If so, let’s rejoice, and for two reasons! First, and the more important, you have heard from the Holy One! The God of all creation has spoken to his child: you!

Second, keep the memory of his voice “in front” of you. Perhaps that sounds strange; but the point here is that this memory will serve you well as you move through the rest of your life here. Now you have something to compare to all the other voices you hear, such as the “voice” of our culture, the “voice” of your Mom/Dad, the “voice” of your self. If you heard from God this Lent, you have heard the voice of Truth, for all truth derives from that voice.

But not all of the voices you hear in your life are true. Deceit has a voice as well, and it typically suggests things such as “Did the Lord God really say…? Or “Look at that! It is so pleasing to your eye. Don’t you want it? Just focus on it alone, and you can have it! You deserve it!”

If you have heard from God, expect to hear this other voice too. This powerful voice of deceit resents the intrusion of the voice of Truth.

Further, God has more for you—much more. But for now you must discipline yourself to wait patiently on that One voice. As you do, pay attention to the other voices; but, start disciplining yourself not to react to them. This will be difficult, for we have all grown up listening to those voices.

Note the word “discipline.” You now have a role to play in your relationship with God. So, play it!

Speak Lord, for your servant hears.