This Month's Promise

“As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock,.. so I will look after My sheep.. I will rescue them.”

- (Ezekiel 34:12)

Read: Jonah 1: 1-15


“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.?” (Hebrews 3.8)

Jonah 1.1 says, “The word of the Lord came to Jonah, son of Amittai: Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it ...” Though we do not know what method God used to speak to Jonah, we know for sure that He the almighty God did actually speak to him. He gave Jonah a specific message to be delivered to a specific group of people. And this is not an isolated incident. The Bible records that whenever God wanted to convey a matter to His people, He spoke to them in various ways. For Moses, it was a burning bush. For Elijah it came as a gentle whisper. For Obadiah and some other prophets it was through visions. The Lord talked with His people through these men and guided them in ways that allowed them to live in the centre of His will. For example Judges 13.25 says, “The Spirit of the Lord began to stir Samson.” I Chronicles 28.12 says that the Spirit of the Lord had put in the mind of David the plans He had for the courts of the temple and David gave them to his son Solomon. Luke 2.27 says that old Simeon was moved by the Spirit and went to the temple courts where he met Mary and Joseph and the Infant Messiah. In Luke 1.12 Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would teach them at that time what you should say. In Acts 20.22 Paul said that he was compelled by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem.

Dear friends, as He did to Jonah and all those other people in the Bible, God still speaks to us, personally, specifically. He speaks through His written Word through the wise counsel of godly people. He guides us with an inner nudge or an intense impression that lines up with what Scripture tells us. Perhaps you have heard someone say, “This thought popped into my head” or “This verse came to my mind” or “I have been having this persisting thought.” In Psalm 32.8 God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” and in Isaiah 30.21, He says, “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.” When God talks to us, are we willing to listen to Him and obey His instructions?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, you speak to me, lead me, guide me and direct me in many ways through your Word, or through visions or through godly counsel. Let me yearn for your gentle voice. Let me hunger for your guidance. And when I hear from you let me willingly obey whatever you say. Amen.