By Randi Spearman
Have you ever heard God speak so loud that it brought tears to your eyes? It just happened to me. I’m praying about something that I know could turn in a way I don’t want to go real quick. And this first Scripture I got this morning is Joel 2:12-13: “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping and with mourning and rend your heart, and not our garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness…”
This was my first nudge… “Turn to the Lord…rend your heart.” How easy it is for our heart to go astray. I looked up “rend” in the dictionary and it says: to remove from with violence; to split. This means NOW before it has a chance to sprout roots. Rend your heart…Split away from this thing…RUN the other way! The beginning of this verse says to turn to the Lord with fasting. This is my next nudge. I have not fasted since I’ve been here and I am feeling very convicted about this. The strength I had when I got here is slowly dimming. So it’s time to get my act together cause the biggest battles are happening now! I will be Storming the Gates of Heaven on Thursday!
So to top this all off, I opened the Bible study I am doing in Joshua and the title of the section is “Warning Given.” Okay God…I got I hear You! I will listen to You. I know this is all part of my test and the enemy only gets more subtle as he goes along. But I hear Your warning and this time I will listen.
I remember back in the day when I would see the warning signs in my life and I would ignore them because I wanted to do what felt good. But today I know that what feels good is not always what is good for me.
So as I listen to His still small voice and as I heed the warnings He is giving me…my strength will return, for in my weakness, He is strong!