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B90X2016D20 1Sam 3 “Speak God”

 

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The boy Samuel is now living at the temple with the High Priest Eli. The Bible says that the revelation of the Lord was hardly seen or heard.

However, the Lord choses to speak to Samuel.  Thrice, the Lord calls Samuel.  Samuel hears him, but thinks he is hearing Eli. The first two times Eli kind of blows him off.  The third time Eli picks up that it is the Lord speaking and tells Samuel to respond, “Speak, God. I’m your servant ready to listen.”

A fourth time, the Lord speaks and makes himself present with Samuel, standing before Samuel.  Imagine that, the message is so important that the Lord manifests himself and his presence is tangible in Samuel’s bedroom.

This statement caused me to ask myself a few questions.

Who in my life do I run to thinking it is them speaking when it is God?  Do I mistakingly have someone else’s voice masquerading as Father? Whose voice do I find myself more attuned to- another persons or Gods?

When Father speaks, do I know it is him? And, am I able to listen for his voice and recognize it as such? Could I handle Father standing at the end of my bed telling me something akin to what he says to Samuel?

And am I his servant? Would I call myself that? Is servant a title I often use of myself when talking to God? Is servant a title I use of myself when talking to anyone else?

Finally, am I ready to listen? Do I take time to listen to the Lord? Am I able to hear his voice clear enough that I can say, I can hear the voice of God when he speaks?

I am going to take some time reflecting on this statement and see if there is something the Lord wants me to learn from it.  I want to hear the Lords’ voice. That is a particularly specific presence of the Lord in my life.  I don’t ever want to miss his voice.  I don’t want to miss a significant turn in my life and end up a different direction than I am supposed to be.  I want Father’s presence in my life. How about you? Blessings.

B90X2016D6 Quail and Complaining

Humans can’t really understand how God can do it.  When I hear someone complaining, I don’t want to reward it, I tend towards a punitive reaction.

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There is a situation noted in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus where the Exodonians are complaining to Moses about their conditions.  Antithetically speaking their complaining doesn’t repel Father it attracted Him.  Father’s compassionate heart towards His people brought about His Presence with them.

The incident in question here highlights the miracle of the “What is it?” and the quail.  Manna would appear 6 of 7 mornings and quail landed in the evening.  So much quail, one verse says it was coming out their noses. Wow!

The Children of Israel had a faithful, loving, and kind Heavenly Father who cared so much that even in their complaining He took care of them.  This is not a formula I typically prescribe.  Thankfulness attracts presence better than complaining.  Let’s err on the side of gratitude to experience Father’s present daily work in our lives.  I don’t know of many situations where complaining does this, however, this Exodus 16 story does state otherwise. What an amazing God we know and serve.  I want to be more like Him.

“Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel,  ”This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God.  Yes, he listens to your complaints against him.” (Message)

‘Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere.’ Ps.84

B90X2016 Dia Dos- The Message

B90X2016 is now the seventh year CRBC has ventured through the entire Bible in 90 days.  It is not easy, I won’t sugar-coat the challenge.  It takes discipline like one has never had before.  But you know what?  It is only 90 days.  Anyone can alter their lifestyle and schedule for a ‘no more noble task’.  The additional depth of love for God’s word is unsurpassed.  The grasp of events, context, and understanding is like no other.

I have read three different versions of the Bible through the years.  The Complete Jewish Bible was a good one.  The author inserted Hebrew words in place of our English which brought additional insight.

We did the Chronological Bible one year.  Again that one provided context in the order of events which occur historically.  Since the typical English versions like the NIV are not in chronological order, it can be confusing trying to fit Job, some of the Psalms, and the prophets in their proper place historically.

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This year, I have chosen “The Message” by Eugene Peterson.   It reads like a story, which makes it so much more easily understandable and one can stick to it more attentively.  One of the problems with reading the Bible all the way through is the desire to want more information.  Many, many Christians have not read all of the Bible, so to do so they encounter information, names, and places they have never heard of.  There is a desire to want to look at maps, read footnotes or study notes at the bottom of the page, or try and pronounce a name.

While these things are all noble, they are pitfalls to accomplishing the reading.  The fruit of reading through the Bible in 90 days is not that one comprehends and understands everything they have read.  au contraire.  The goal is to read it all.  The Message allows one to read without distractions.  There are no verse numbers, there are no maps, there are no footnotes, there are no study notes.  It is just text.  It is just the story.

I love reading the Bible in big chunks like this for another reason- inevitably, I learn something new or have a greater understanding of something.  This task is akin to driving on the same road every day.  Even though you know where every pothole is, where to look, where to turn,  and what to look for, if you pay attention differently by looking at buildings and landscape differently, you can see and know new things.  The same with reading the Bible year after year.  There is something new on every page.  When one reads with the eyes of their heart, something new comes along.

The goal to B90X2016 – read the Bible.  You can do it.  It really isn’ that hard.

But God

Are there two words that mean more than these two in our vocabulary?

They are like a wrecking ball, a 2×4 upside the noggin, or a tsunami about to hit shore.  Or conversely it can be the touch of a loving hand at just the right time, a gentle word that turns away wrath, an ordinance specialist dismantling a highly explosive bomb, a heralded arrival of Father’s Glory, or a soothing balm.  They both show a side of things often forgotten.  They reveal a nature outside our own.  They highlight a sovereign, loving Father whose ways are far above our ways.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Cor 1:27 NIV

Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Phil 2:27 NIV

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  Eph 2:4 NASB

So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  Gal 4:7 NIV

I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 1 Cor 3:6 NASB

 

 

Blessed to be a blessing

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Sometimes when a thing is over used it becomes less significant.
Sometimes when a saying is repeated too often it becomes pithy.

I have thought the latter about the saying above.  There was a time when it was reiterated so often that it lost its punch.  ”you are blessed to be a blessing.”  I didn’t resent it, but it did become diluted to the point of it meaning less.

The reality of it is still true.  When Continue reading