In time of need or even during times we are seeking guidance, many of us wonder whether or not God speaks directly to us. The real question is, would we or do we know when He does, because I believe He has spoken to me more than once. Maybe those of you who are skeptical of this Divine communication could benefit from the following personal experience I had today, January 17th, 2021.
For months, there has been a darkness hanging over me, my wife and my family. It is a highly personal matter so for my wife and I it is something we try to deal with through faith alone. We do not share this darkness with anyone outside of our immediate family, our Pastor and our counselor. It is a haunting, devised by the devil and executed with the help of several people who are weak minded in the knowledge of God, thereby becoming unwitting accomplices. It has worn on the minds of both my wife and I to the point that we both have allowed it to control much of what we do and don’t do.
This morning, for reasons unknown to me at first, I awakened with the memories of all the children we have been able to help through our foundation. But this too, we had put aside because of our worry, stress and debilitating thoughts rooted in that darkness. However, today would be different. Today, I believe God used intervention to speak directly to me. Maybe you will too. For the last few months, while we attend church regularly, we alternate between my church and the church we were married in, always reminiscing about our beautiful ceremony. This morning, we were in that church of worship not long after I had woke up with the memories of helping children around the world, wondering if we would ever be able to rekindle those endeavors.
Through the Grace of God, today’s reading and sermon was about the calling of Samuel.
“A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3 : 8 – 10
Today, I woke up with questions, wondering if I/we should continue God’s work. I should have known to put my faith in Him but I will not question His answer. Would you?