Luke 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. (KJV)
Judges 6:12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. (KJV)
What is the Lord speaking to you?
If you are listening, you will hear from the Lord. When you are certain you heard from God, what do you do?
Read what these powerful men and women did.
- Samuel in 2 Samuel 22.
- Shiphrah and Puah in Exodus 1:17-20.
- Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-18.
- Tamar in Genesis 38:1-30.
- Jeremiah in 10:11-16.
- Rahab in the Joshua 2.
- Ezekiel in Ezekiel 43.
- Gideon in Judges 6.
- Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Luke 1:28-38.
- John in the Book of Revelation.
In their own way, they responded. Sometimes, what you hear leads you to do something out of the ordinary. Whether it is spectacular or just new to you, your assignment requires continued prayer because it is not you. It is God who will perform through you. There is no reason to think it won’t run smoothly, right? In addition, you want your friends, loved ones and those whose opinion matters to you, to believe you. What if it does not run smoothly (make sure you have God’s definition of smooth) and no one believes you? It may seem like you are standing alone. There are also some examples of that in the bible:
- Joseph (Genesis 37:1-44:9) it took 13 years from the dream to fulfillment.
- Noah (Genesis 6:11–9:19) it took 120 years for the request to build the ark until the flood.
If you are sure God has called you to complete a task, even though is not happening immediately, you must have faith.
- You can’t be moved by what you see.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. ( Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
- You may never get the support you’re looking for.
Matthew 28:20b “And lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” (Amplified Bible AMP)
- You can even put yourself out there and bumps in the road may make you give up. Why?
- Because you don’t trust God?
- Because you decided you missed God?
- Of some other reason you can provide?
Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned and saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. (New King James Version)
As you are dealing with the wait, a lack of support, believing that you missed God, or even giving up, you are learning in the process. There is no loss or waste in God. In the midst of it all, there is one thing you can know for certain.
Romans 8:28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. (Amplified Bible AMP)
It takes the strength of God to endure. However, He has a plan for your life. As you continue to seek Him, worship and remain in His presence; He will reveal His plan.
Philippians 1:6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Always keep in mind, God can sustain you, keep you, and complete every task He assigns to you. Because you know this is true, give Him praise because He is Jehovah Immeka [ja-hō-va im-mē-kā] (The LORD Is with You).
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I never thought it took strength to allow You to work through me. Then You reminded me of Moses’ journey from Egypt to the promised land. You explained to me it can be a difficult task to stand on what I believe. Father, the human being in me, with all of its frailties, wants support from the people whose opinion matters to me. When they don’t support my decision or if they don’t understand me, sometimes it makes me wonder if I actually heard You. I repent for wanting to trust them more than I was trusting Your Spirit within me. I need Your strength and Your grace. Not just to do a particular task You’ve assigned to me; I need You every day. I don’t want to wrestle with myself, with others, and especially not with You. You taught me, a long time ago, it is okay to miss You. It’s okay to believe, with all my heart, I heard you and be truly wrong. Missing You helps me fine tune my ability to hear You clearer. If pride is keeping me from stepping out or causing me not to believe it’s You; please deal with me. The problem is not whether I can trust You. The problem is, can You trust me…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.