Hearing God

March 6, 2016
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1 Chronicles 16:29 – Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! (NKJV)

This morning, I stood in front of my patio windows witnessing the sunrise. I was overcome with the sense of God's power, and I felt profoundly privileged as the colours changed and the sun glistened on the snow. For the past three weeks, I have been battling influenza. I would be struck down for a couple of days and then push to get back to normal activities. Last week, I felt my energy levels returning. Then, boom — I was struck by another cycle of symptoms. I asked my doctor, "I am a healthy woman; I eat right; I exercise; I am careful about germs. How can this continue happening?" The doctor replied, "Well, we certainly can't leave you like this." But I thought that I heard a whisper say, "Because you're not listening."

For the past few months, I have been asking earnestly for God's direction in my life. It might help you to know that I have a triple-A personality. I go and go. Attributes like patience, waiting, and being quiet do not come easily to me. Indeed, I was recently surprised when I read that we can hear God speak to us only when we are listening!

So back to my story. After leaving the doctor's office, I stopped for pet food, which was out of stock. I said to the ladies in the office, "Seriously, I am far too sick to go back to get cat food." I asked them to order the food, got into my truck, put the truck in gear, and started to cry. With tears streaming down my face, I said, "Really, God, I'm only one woman. I can't handle all of this."

Through my tears, clear as a bell, I heard Him say, "Lean not on your own understanding."

"What?" Can you believe that I asked God, "What?"

And again, He replied, "Lean not on your own understanding. Trust me."

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)

When I read the whole verse, I realized that while I've been asking God for direction, I've been managing my way forward. To do His will, I need to trust Him, let go of any illusions of my own power, and acknowledge Him. (He told me to write this!) Then, He will direct my path.

Are you in a similar situation, asking for God's guidance but really moving in your own direction and leaning on your own understanding?

Prayer: Father, we are sometimes so preoccupied with the routine of life that we lean on our own understanding. Help us to recognize that we are powerless without You. Help us to truly acknowledge Your majesty and power and to trust You with the direction of our lives — whatever that may be. We know, dear Lord, that You are always with us. Amen.

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Orlanda Drebit <orlandadrebit@yahoo.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen from another Type A.

    Hello Orlanda. Your devotional really spoke to me today.

    Thank you … and I am looking forward to your next devotional.(ON)

    Thank you for this message today! You’re not the only one who needs to stop and listen; me too.

    Hi Orlanda

    Hi, fellow Islander,
    Thanks for sharing your insights with us and for the majesty of an Island sun(son) rise. I saw it too. Blessings.

    Orlanda, I didn’t know there was any other way than you describe!!! I also find myself going, going, going. What a good devotional to start the week and prepare for Sunday services. Thank you.

    So true Orlanda,
    A good reminder. One of my favorite verses when I need His direction.
    Thank you for your story.
    May God richly bless you and your writing.

    Dear Orlanda,
    Thanks for your devotion today. This is a lesson we all have to learn in this fast pace society. I pray you are over the flu and feeling well again!

    Orlanda, very well written! And the message ….. God has and continues to use you as his faithful servant. It is amazing that when we feel in a dark place, that God’s light and His voice are truly seen and heard. He is definitely a merciful God. May God continue to bless you and make you a blessing to others. Thanks so much.

    Hi Orlanda:
    I really enjoyed your poignant devotional today, resonated with my routine as well. Good to see someone from PEI contributing to this wonderful service.

    Hi Orlanda, I really related to your devotional today thank-you. Understand your frustration — also learning more everyday to trust God more than myself so hopefully you are able to come and as sisters in Christ we will have a new ways to trust thru His word. Blessings!!!!

    Wonderful devotion. Exactly what I needed to read too! I love you Maritimer folks so much.
    Thanks for your great words and may God continue to bless you as you share His love with us.
    Thanks again for your great words and reminder!

    Hi Orlanda,
    You sound like you have been in my head, or at least in my shoes.
    I have come through that stuggle with my A personality and am finally listening. Every morning as I enjoy coffee time with God, I listen carefully for His agenda for my day. I am so absolutely blessed I have no words to even try to explain.
    What a wonderful ever-present God we serve.

    Dear Orlanda:
    You’re such a dear and always ready to cheer and encourage others in a time of trial or tribulation. With the wonderful attitude your demonstrate to all who come in contact with you, one would never, never have guessed you were not feeling well over the winter months.
    Your message rings true to many, I am sure. Even as Christians we tend to ask God for His eternal grace and guidance and then we trot off and run the race before Him doing our own thing, without even considering if we are going in the direction of His choice.

    Dear Orlanda,
    Keep depending on God’s word. It is the only way. Stay in it every day.
    Thanks for writing.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I saw myself in your situation. I, too, go, go, go. But as you say I need to adhere to your prayer. God bless you.


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