Archive for May, 2009

Hearing God speak

“The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.  At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”   – I Samuel 3:10-14

Okay, I have to admit that I am a little jealous of Samuel here.  God spoke in a clear and audible voice to Samuel.   He called to him three times, and then had a conversation with Samuel.

Sometimes, I feel that when I pray, I do not receive an answer.  I know that God hears, but I sometimes feel that I do not get a clear response.  Is it because He is ignoring me?

The answer is a definite NO!!

God is faithful to hear us.  Sometimes, we just don’t know how to listen.  Read the following account of Elijah from I Kings below:

“The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  – I Kings 19:11-13

In today’s hectic world, we are online, plugged in, and to a degree, tuned out.  We look for the miraculous and ignore the mundane.  Not to say that God is mundane in any way, just that we sometimes ignore the obvious while looking for the ornate.  God came to Elijah in a whisper, not a shout.  Elijah was focused, and therefore saw God when he needed Him.

I know in my prayer life, I sometimes forget to switch the channel from ‘broadcast’ to ‘receive’.  I await the trumpets, and forget to listen for whispers.

I will be quiet now.  I think I hear someone whispering to me.  Let’s listen and see where this takes us.

In Him,


May 26 2009 | General | No Comments »

Questions from a new friend

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” – Matthew 28:19 (emphasis mine)

I met a new friend recently.  He emailed me last week and asked a question:

“How can three persons exist in one?”

Here is a portion of my response:

The three persons living as one, what we refer to as the Trinity, is a little harder to comprehend.  The simplest way that I can think of to explain this is to picture water.  Water can exist as water, steam, or ice.  Each is a distinct representation of water, yet they all are made of the same hydrogen and oxygen molecules.

While this is an example that I have heard used, and I have used many times over the years, I have come to realize that this may not be the best example I could have used.  Water has to have an external stimulus to change, and the water actually changes.  God does not change.  He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

As I struggled to provide  a better example, it finally dawned on me.  Answer the question with a question:  Who am I?

As I answered this, I had to start a list.  I am:

  • a husband to my wife
  • a son to my mother and father
  • a brother to my brothers and sisters
  • a friend to my friends
  • an employee to my boss
  • a coworker to my fellow employees
  • a leader in my church
  • a follower of the teachings of Jesus
  • a sinner who needed the blood of Jesus for redemption

I am all of these things, and I am so much more, yet I am still one person.  God is so much more than this.  God is

  • God the Father – a loving, but just, parent who attends to our needs.  He loves us in all situations, but will discipline us when we need it.  God is a God of love, but he is also a God of justice.
  • God the Son – Jesus Christ is God incarnate.  Jesus is also called the Word.  In John 1:14, we read “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” God became a man to die for our sins.  For every sin, a sacrifice must be made.  God became that sacrifice.
  • God the Holy Spirit – After the death and the resurrection, the Son went to be with the Father.  Jesus promised His disciples a Counselor to be with them.  This same Counselor is still available to all who believe in Jesus, and ask Him to be  apart of their lives.  This Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will guide you in Truth.

God is:

  • Who you need
  • When you need
  • Where you need

God will meet your needs, if you will let Him.  All that he asks is that you trust in Him.  Accept the Gift that he sent in His Son, Jesus Christ.

This is how three people can exist in one.

Peace in Christ to you,


May 12 2009 | General | No Comments »