February 9, 2012
“He will quiet you with His love.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
“The silences of Jesus are as eloquent as His words and may be a sign not of His disapproval but of His approval and His way of providing a deeper blessing for me.” – Streams in the Desert
Here’s a story. There are 3 women kneeling to pray. God is coming by. To the first one, God stops and whispers in her ear. The second, He gives a loving touch. The third He walks on by, barely without a notice.
“Lord why did you act so differently with these women? ”
“The first needs the full measure of my tenderness. She needs My love, thoughts and help every moment or she will fall. The second has stronger faith and I know I can count on her to trust me no matter how things go. Yet the third woman, whom I seemed not to notice, even to neglect, has faith and love of the purest quality. I am training her through quick and drastic ways for the highest and holy service. She knows me so intimately, and trusts me so completely that she no longer depends on My voice, loving glances, or outward signs to know of My approval. She is not dismayed or discouraged by any circumstances I arrange for her to encounter. She trusts me when common sense, reason and even every subtle instinct of the natural heart would rebel, knowing that I am preparing her for eternity, and realizing that the understanding of what I do will come later.
“I desire for your response to My love to be without the prompting of anything external.”
This really has me thinking. There have been many times in my life that I can remember God being silent. I didn’t like it. I felt like I was doing something wrong. I was forgotten.
But as I read this, I realized that my faith is stronger now than it has ever been and I am hearing God LOUD and CLEAR. As a matter fact – God has had LOTS to say and I love every second of it. So I was wondering how this story applied to me and I realized that God’s not talking to me for me right now. God is using me as a testimony right now. He’s talking to me and working miracles in my life so others can see it. Cause it’s no secret what God has done for me! And people see His hand in my life. And I give Him glory all day long for it. I tell them to serve Him – be obedient – sacrifice – give Him your whole heart! He wants to bless you! He’s got storehouses of blessings!
So while I want to be the woman this devotional describes, I also want to hear His voice! I know – I’m selfish – I want it ALL! But can you blame me? Everything about God is Good! And when I have it ALL – I can share it ALL – and everybody wins!
“He will quiet me with His love.” But right now, I don’t want to be quiet! I want to tell the whole world!