INTRODUCTION: Bob and Jeanette Lauer lead a large Sunday morning class, which has been suspended during the current pandemic. They now send out a weekly letter to the group, and we are only days away from the September launch of their video teaching series.
Dr Bryan Stamper
The book, God Was Here and I Was Out To Lunch, makes the point that we are too often oblivious to the way that God is striving to connect with us. He is with us, but we’re unaware of His presence. He speaks, but we don’t hear Him.
Has God spoken to you today? It’s clear from the Bible that He does speak. He conversed with Adam and Eve in Eden. He spoke to Moses on the mountain top. He spoke to Jacob and Peter and others through dreams. He speaks to us through the life and teachings of Jesus: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these days he has spoken to us by his Son..” (Hebrews 1:1-2). And, of course, He speaks to us through the Scriptures, which train us in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
In a sense, God is speaking to us all the time. Still, we repeat the question: has God spoken to you today? Not just in general terms, but to give you guidance in a specific situation or help with a particular challenge? For example, let’s say you read or hear about the increasing number of people who have too little food during this pandemic. Are your spiritual ears open so that God can lead you to help in some way? Or let’s say that someone you know is anxious because of the pandemic and needs support. Are your spiritual ears open so that God can alert you to that need? Do you ask: Lord, what can I do to minister in this situation? God may speak to you through a thought or a feeling or in some other way. The important thing is not how God speaks, but how well we listen. Because when we listen to God, some remarkable things can happen.
Some years ago, a couple in San Francisco discovered this for themselves. Jim drove a taxi at night and Martha cared for the home and children. One night Martha woke up with a sense of foreboding. She checked the house and the children to see if they were all okay. They were. Then she raised the question to herself: is God trying to tell me something? She opened her Bible and her eyes fell on Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” Then she prayed for her husband: “Jim, be still. Be still right where you are. Be still and listen to God.” It was 2:07 a.m. She felt God’s presence and went back to sleep.
The next morning, Jim had a curious story to share with her. He was about to descend one of the steepest hills in the city with two passengers when he heard a voice say: “Be still.” He slowed down. The thought came to him: “Test your brakes.” He did and found that they were totally gone. He swerved and rammed his cab into a barrier just a couple of feet before he would have plunged helplessly down the steep street. His wife asked him what time this happened. “A little after two,” he said.
God speaks. Are you listening?
“Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say,” says the Lord (Isaiah 28:23).
Jeanette and Bob