Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Not all “You talking to me?” moments come from the Lord. Most folks I know have had those moments come from a cruel and insulting world. But here, I’m writing about those moments that come from the Father. In the final analysis, it should be an honor for any believer to hear a “You talking to me?” evoking word from Father, either from Him (His Spirit) directly, or through the mouth of one of Father’s chosen vessels. But be warned. There are times when that “You talking to me?” moment from the Lord may not be very comforting.
Think about this for a moment. When Jesus was 12-years old, He was already confounding the religious leaders of the temple. He already knew He was the only begotten Son of God. He already knew why He had been sent to the earth. Now consider how that knowledge could play on the mind of a child, and later a young man as He entered into His earthly ministry. Though He was a man acquainted with sorrows, He was also a man of peace, wisdom, joy, and life. Children loved Him, and children don’t enjoy being around grumpy people, or people laden with cares.
Now think of the Apostle Paul. Here is the man who wrote more than half of the New Testament. Here is the man who wrote of the fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Here is the man who wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say to you, rejoice. How could a man who lived his full time in ministry knowing what he would suffer remain faithful through it all. In 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, we see the Paul’s litany of things he suffered. Take time to read it. He knew all this was coming before it came, yet he pressed forward, faithful, diligent, and unswerving. Don’t you know that when Ananias spoke these things to him, when the Lord revealed them to him, that for Paul (Saul), that was a “You talking to me?” moment?
Make up your mind today that you will be as Paul was; ever pressing forward, faithful, diligent, and unswerving. If Father has called you, He has equipped you, He has made promises to you, and I can assure you, He that called you is faithful. Be faithful to Him. He will not subject you to surprises. As I look back on my own life and ministry, I can honestly say that my God has never allowed me to be blind-sided. He has always been faithful to warn me when needful, always strengthening me, never leaving me, ever upholding me in His strong arm. Oh, how He loves you and me. Though fore-knowledge of difficult times may be a “You talking to me?” moment, stay faithful. He is faithful. And, yes, I’m talking to you.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4