Be still and listen to the voice of the Lord

By GARY ANDREWS,

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21.

This was spoken by the prophet Isaiah as he preached to the Israelites about their shortcomings and some of their bad decisions. He told them the Lord would take care of them if only they would trust Him and believe that He was their one and only sovereign God.

Are we like the Israelites in some of our thinking and actions of today? Even though we know that God is our fortress and our deliverer, do we continue to look for alternative actions and methods to satisfy our needs instead of being still and waiting on the Lord?

I know I have and many are just like me. We become anxious about decisions we have made and find ourselves in compromising positions that seem hard to overcome.

Isaiah told the Israelites, and this message is for us today, “the Lord gives us the bread of adversity and the water of affliction…” Most of our days will contain situations that require us to face realities about the world whether these realities become problems or not, is our dependence on the Lord and His leadership.

The message of the world, and now most of its leaders, is to put God aside and follow them into destruction. Many of us have not realized the shortness of life and are following these leaders to the depths of Hades. The message of today is not to follow God, but to follow the world and many of our youth and even some of our adults have bought into this new age movement. God had not changed, but we have.

If Jesus is our Savior and the leader of our life, then the realities of the world will not phase us because we know who is ultimately in control. When the world is pulling us into its plan and leading us for destruction, we only need to remember to be still and hear what the Holy Spirit tells us to do.

Amidst all of the problems the world faces today, just as the Israelites in the biblical days, God is in control and we need to stop and listen to what He is telling us. Only He can calm our fears and take away our anxieties.

Prayer

Thank you Lord for always being with me in my times of need and desperation. You are a great and mighty God and I know for sure that you are the way, the truth, and the light. Amen.

Readings

Sunday – Isaiah 30:19-22

Monday – Philippians 4:10-13

Tuesday – Psalm 86:11-17

Wednesday – Romans 13:11-14

Thursday – Jeremiah 18:29-23

Friday – Ephesians 6:10-13

Saturday – Ezekiel 22:23-31