At once Yahweh said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out. Then Yahweh came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words:
“When there is a prophet among you,
I, Yahweh, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.
But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of Yahweh.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”
One of the most difficult parts of life with God in this world can be listening to his voice clearly. Or perhaps that is better reworded as…one of the most difficult parts of life with God can be having confidence in the voice we are hearing is truly God’s voice and not our own, or Satan’s words thrown into our mind. Confidence I think is the deal maker. If we know we are hearing from God, it changes everything. It will rock your world. And by know, I mean it’s as real to you as the pizza you had for lunch. God himself is speaking lovingly in relationship to you. When you really take that on, it rocks your world.
God speaks to us in many ways. The most important way he speaks to me is literally talking to me throughout the day and I talk in my mind and heart and spirit back to him. It’s that whisper that Elijah was waiting for on the mountain. We know our Shepherd’s voice. It’s overcoming the fear that maybe we are diluting his voice with our own thoughts that can decrease my confidence. But this is where our faith comes into play and willingness to put aside our own wants and needs to listen to him. We must have faith that we can hear God’s voice, listen to him, engage him in relationship and worship, and live our lives daily with him. We have his Spirit inside us, our bodies are his temple, we can be confident he will speak to us face to face because our very hearts are his holy of holies, that’s how much he loves you and wants his Spirit to be one with yours, made possible through the cross.
I think a great way to start off the day is by listening in to him. Simply saying, Good morning in Jesus. I love you. What do you want to tell me today? Listen to his voice, let the words from his lips lift you up into your day. It’s the best way to to wake up. And then continue listening throughout the day because being close to his voice is wonderful at 10am, at 1:35pm, at 1:55pm, on snack breaks and coffee breaks, on the commute there and the drive home, he wants to talk to you, to us, we just need to be confident in hearing his voice, in addition to choosing to engage him and worship him throughout our day.
Also, God can speak to us in dreams as well. So be prepared to always listen to his voice, even in the middle of the night.
Ok, a personal note…since I started doing the daily devos, I never have time to write a regular post and I miss sharing things about my life on here. Sooo, I kinda want to take a minute to talk about two things in my life. The first is a request…please be in prayer for me and my wife’s new small group we are leading! We have 4 families confirmed to come Friday night and we’re super excited! We are going to start with the Crazy Love workbook by Francis Chan. Several of the families are life long friends that are just coming back to Christ, or we haven’t connected with them in Jesus yet and so we really excited for it!
The second is my hobby, coffee roasting! Yum! I roasted two batches tonight, Ethiopia Gedeo Zone Gedeb Asasa – which is literally a shown stopper coffee – and Kenya Muranga’a Githiga AA.
The Ethiopia (on the right) has notes of floral jasmine, turbinado sugar, sweet lime, graham cracker crust, and rangy citrus. Wow. The Kenya (on the left) has tasting notes of date sugar sweetness, manho, blood orange, and passion fruit. Soooo good!!
Hope you have a wonderful day today with Jesus!! You are AMAZING in his eyes!! Don’t forget that, even for a moment!! 🙂