I Will Call Upon Your Name
Posted on January 7, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Before I was a Christian, I would hear people say things like “I heard God say” or “God spoke to me and told me___” and I never understood how that could be possible. When I was saved, I thought maybe a switch would go off and I’d have some secret access to God’s voice. But nope, it doesn’t exactly work like that. It frustrated me for a long time. I spent so much time LISTENING, but never enough time (or time at all) SEEKING. I’d sit around and wait for God to start the conversation when I now know that He was waiting for me to engage and seek Him.
Last night, I had one of those moments where I was desperate to hear God’s voice. I fell to my knees and prayed for God to speak into my life at that moment. I’ve been in a funk, I haven’t been patient with God, I’ve wanted everything MY WAY, not His. But then, I sat up, climbed back into bed, opened my devotional book, and that day’s devotional was about TRUST, which “just so happens” to be my word for 2020. Following my devotional, a song by Housefires called “Mountain to Valley” came on shuffle, and one of the first lyrics is “Desires You place in me, faithfully you will complete”. Ok God… I’m hearing you. Then I recall that earlier that night, my best friend sent me a picture of how she decorated her new home. In that picture, she had a sign with the verse Isaiah 60:22. Out of curiosity, I looked up the verse.
“The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen”.
I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR LORD! How amazing is that?! I may not have heard an audible voice, but I could hear God as if He was sitting in my room right next to me. I was looking, seeking, and ASKING for Him to speak into my life, and He did. I’ve been struggling with trusting His timing and allowing Him to work things out for me. I’ve been impatient; trying to take things into my own hands. But this encounter with the Lord brought me back to a place of trust, patience, and contentment with where I am right now. The comfort I felt from knowing He was right there, in scripture and in the world, was overwhelming. I could feel His presence. God knows what I need way better than I do.
If you feel like you don’t hear from God, don’t fret. He is ALWAYS there for us, he doesn’t leave us (Deuteronomy 31:8). Sometimes it seems like God isn’t listening, working, making a way, etc. But He is. Trust in that. We need to be actively seeking God in our lives every day. If you want to hear His voice, start the conversation, then listen.
Written by Catey Stover: Catey Stover serves as the Marketing Assistant at America’s Keswick. She loves the Lord and has a heart for serving others, especially the next generation.
Think About This: “Do what is right and trust God with the results” -Craig Groeschel
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. -2 Peter 1:5-8(NIV)
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