God Will Speak

           My sister and I often teased our mother about speaking for Daddy and then complaining about how he wouldn’t talk. You see, although Daddy was a pastor, at home, he was very quiet. We hardly ever heard him say a word. He wasn’t disconnected or distant; he just conducted his life quietly. There was never any question as to whether he loved us. We knew what was expected of us because we followed his example. He was highly educated, read lots of books, and anchored his life on God and family. What more in life is there really to do?

          When Daddy did speak, his words carried weight. We knew he had something important to say if he took the time to say it. We listened, took note, and treasured the meaning of his words. If we were upset or confused, Daddy could speak to the situation and no matter what had seemed wrong, everything became all right. Even if we had done something stupid, Daddy could speak into our stupidity and restore us. The laughter and joy would return to our home and our hearts.

          I miss my daddy’s quiet presence and healing words; but I know where Daddy got those traits. Psalm 85:8-9 says, “I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land” (NKJ). God will speak what we need to hear. No matter what our circumstance might be – even when we’ve descended into folly (stupidity) – He is near enough to speak words of rescue and peace, making everything all right once again. The glory that had vanished is able to return to our lives, causing us to be able to keep on going on our kingdom journey.

          Won’t you listen to God speaking today? He will speak peace to you, especially as you turn back from your folly. Sure, your heart will beat a little faster as you talk with Him about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing, but His words will show you just how near salvation is. Just listen and watch the glory return to your life. Indeed, God will speak.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

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~ by sanewriter on July 26, 2011.

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