God Speaks Always! Are We Listening?

a117a0c5-4c7c-4c2a-8d97-627823e2062aGod speaks in diverse ways to His children, the question then is can we hear Him? Do we want to hear Him? Are we listening? Or has the cares of this world, the issues of life and sheer disobedience drummed out the Still Small Voice?

Numbers 22:19 Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.” 20 And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you—that you shall do.” 21 So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.22 Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field.

Read the full chapter 22 of Numbers and you will hear a donkey speak. With God, you will hear the sound of matching on a mulberry tree as in 2 Samuel 5:24 And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” 

Some years back, wow! It’s been over a decade now. It was on a Sunday, I had gone to Church weary and was not relieved. My soul was not refreshed on that fateful day, so after Church I did not want to be alone with the heaviness, for I knew it would bear down heavily on my heart.

I decided to call up an elder I knew from another branch of the Church I was attending. She is from my hometown and she is like a mother to me – Mrs Deborah Famutimi. I asked her what she had at home, I mean food! 😀😀😀. I mean, I wanted to know if she had just cooked stew with all the delicacies I liked, Oh yes!

“Oh, I am about to make vegetable stew- efo riro, she said.  I replied with excitement,  great! I am on my way, can you make my eba- cassava ball and leave out to cool down I said.

After the chit chat, pleasantries and all, the conversation turned to the vegetable cooking on the stove. Mummy went on to tell me about the vegetable seed someone had brought for her some years back that she planted in her garden but did not grow. We proceeded to the backyard.  She pointed to the spot she planted it the first year, another spot the next year, for it was only viable during the summer months. It was on the fourth summer that she saw weeds all over her yard. Everywhere was filled with weed she said, so she asked her brother when he came to visit her to check if this is weed or not.  Uncle was like, no, this is – spinach for ease. This is how she has been harvesting since then.

Where am I going with this story? What is the correlation with God speaking here? Well, as she was speaking and I was listening and looking around as she was pointing to one area after another, the Lord was speaking to me.

What do you mean the Lord was speaking?  Well, what I heard was, ” all the prayers you have been praying all this while, specifically for four years at that time, the Lord said they were going to be answered within the same year! I said aunty, as I sometimes call her, do you know what I am hearing as you are speaking? She answered me, ” what are you hearing? So I told her and she said Amen.

We went back into the house, I ate my eba with efo riro, packed some for latter, we jisted some more and I went home. Few months down the road, one thing led to another, I got a better job, got a confirmation that a surgically removed ovary had been supernaturally replaced, finished a degree course I was taking, met my husband, bought a house, and started a journey with the Holy Spirit full course!

God speaks in diverse ways friends, are we listening? Are we conscious of the presence of the Holy Spirit! Are we eager to hear? If only we will be quiet for once and often, to listen with the intention to obey God’s every command!  How sweet our journey will be, regardless of the rough terrain, the mudslides, downward spirals, and what not!

Friends, be encouraged,be determined to listen and obey! Come to the Lord today for no one that comes to Christ will He cast away!  John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 

Jesus Christ loves you and want a relationship with you! He wants to reveal His heart to you my friends!

Shalom! Shalom!

 

 

Provision! Where Are You?

2 Samuel 15: 19 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why are you also going with us? Return and remain with the king. For you are a foreigner and also an exile from your own place. 20 In fact, you came only yesterday. Should I make you wander up and down with us today, since I go I know not where? Return, and take your brethren back. Mercy and truth be with you.” 21 But Ittai answered the king and said, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.” 22 So David said to Ittai, “Go, and cross over.” Then Ittai the Gittite and all his men and all the little ones who were with him crossed over. 23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people crossed over. The king himself also crossed over the Brook Kidron, and all the people crossed over toward the way of the wilderness.

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24 There was Zadok also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished crossing over from the city.25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place. 26 But if He says thus: ‘I have no delight in you,’ here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28 See, I will wait in the plains of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.” 29 Therefore Zadok and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem. And they remained there.

Friends, before you were born the Lord knew you, in whatever situation or circumstances you are right now, be rest assured the Lord knows. He sees your frailty, strength, courage, doubt, fear and much more. God has made provision for all your needs, both emotional, physical, financial, in every spheres of life. God has brought people across your path at stages in life to prepare you for your destiny. You have a purpose to fulfill!

The Lord knew all about Absalom treason, his plans, timing, and all. Everything was and has always been orchestrated by the Sovereign God. How else can you explain Ittai the Gittite entrance into David’s life, or Ruth’s’ insistence on going with Naomi back to the land of Judah in Ruth 1:16. The Lord knew David will need loyal people around him in this trying period. People that are subject to David not because he is King, those that will add value to his life and provide moral support. The Lord knew Jesse had to come from the womb of Ruth and Boaz, the great grand parents of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You see friends, some people ran out of your life for a purpose, and others came in too! Some friends stopped being friends sometime temporarily, or permanently for a purpose. Not everyone around you is required to go with you where God is taking you. All that you need per time has been provided. God is uprooting every plant He has not planted so that only those He planted will stand. Every tree that is not bearing fruit unto righteousness must of necessity be uprooted also. Know that everything is as planned by heaven. Absolutely nothing happens without God’s knowledge. Nothing takes God by surprise for He works in us to will and to act in order for Him to fulfill his good pleasure concerning us. Philippians 2:13.

David bore the consequence of his sin with Uriah’s wife with Amnon defilement of his step sister Tamar which led to Amnon’s murder by Absalom and his subsequent rebellion against his father David. My take on all this is as a result of the word release by God against David in 2 Samuel 12:12 “For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.” The Word was set in motion and speedily everything created had to rise up to obey The Word Himself. Amnon started having inordinate desire, and so on.

Yet in the midst of all this woes befalling David, God rally round valiant and loyal people to support David in his time of need because God loves him still, it was his sin he hates and punished. David remains God’s special person and was not left alone!  God actually used this opportunity to get rid of Absalom for he would have been a hindrance to Solomon ascending the throne had he still been alive. You see my friends, God is a master planner. He knows the end from the beginning and works everything out for his own.

All the provision Moses needed in the wilderness were provided while he was in the palace. He grew up as a royal, saw the agony of His people in Egypt to sensitize Him to what lies in his future – deliverer in Exodus 2. He was driven out and the next contact with other humans, he defended the Priest of Midian daughters and so on. He had to be broken to find himself in the will of God for his life.

I see a colourful and beautiful future on the horizon for you my friends. God has prepared everything, all the details has been put together and awaiting you to rise up and take your place. To be specific, I heard ” plug yourself in” The decision is yours to place yourself where the spirit of God is leading you. Where do you see yourself? What do you see yourself doing? Everything has been provided, just rise up to the task for the Lord is with you.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Psalms 132: 13  For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: 14 “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17 There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.

Trust thou in the Lord!

Shalom