Sunday, 27 March 2011

Hearing from God in daily life

As I prepare for this month's breakfast, I am reminded of these notes from last month...thinking about hearing from God in daily life.

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. NIV
Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. The Message
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. New Living Translation

1 Chronicles 12:32
When David was living in Hebron, after Saul had died but before he became king – he was still fighting the house of Saul (2 Samuel 3:1) – many men joined him. 1 Chronicles 12 lists the men from the different tribes, detailing their gifts – what they brought to the battle to turn Saul’s kingdom over to David, as the Lord had said (v23)(1 Chronicles 10:13 – 14)
This caught my eye:
from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command; (NIV) these leaders knew the right time to do what needed to be done; (Contemporary English Version). In other words, they were wise

Matthew Henry’s commentary on those who came to Hebron:
When the throne of Christ is set up in a soul, there is, or ought to be, great joy in that soul; and provision is made, not as here, for a few days, but for the whole life, and for eternity. Happy are those who wisely perceive it to be their duty and interest, to submit to the Saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of David; who renounce for his sake all that is not consistent; whose earnest endeavours to do good are directed by the wisdom that God giveth, through acquaintance with his word, experience, and observation. If any man lack this wisdom, let him ask it of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.

Acquaintance with his word: knowing what the Bible says
Experience: remembering what has happened in the past – being encouraged. Eg a timely word
Observation: this is risky; needs sensitivity and discernment;

Pray in the morning
Pray on the job
Work with humility

Isaiah 33:6 (CEV) says
you are the foundation on which we stand today.
You always save us and give true wisdom and knowledge.
 Nothing means more to us  than obeying you.

Micah 6:8 -9 New Living Translation
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Fear the Lord if you are wise! His voice calls to everyone in Jerusalem:

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

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