November 8, 2019 Memory Verse

Luke 11-28

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Psalm 17:6 Calling On God

African calling

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6 

In calling on someone, there is always an expectation of what will happen. That expectation is that that the person will hear and respond. The methods of calling on someone usually by phone or in person, though there can be many other methods of calling. Regardless of the method of calling a person, the expectation is the same, hearing and response.

Although one may call upon someone, that person does not always hear. There can be too much noise to be able to hear. Or they may be too busy to stop and hear that they are being called. With cell phones today, there may be times when the person is in a ‘no service’ area and never know they missed the call.

Response does not always occur, because they didn’t know they were called, or they don’t know what to say.

David is calling out to God because He knows God will answer him. He asks God to listen and answer his prayer.

While people may get a busy signal or not even hear that they have a call, God always hears every call. Any time a person calls out to God, whether a believer or not, He hears it immediately. There is no waiting, or busy line.

God will also always answer a person. That answer will always be along the line of ‘no’, ‘wait’, or ‘yes’. He never ignores the person calling out to Him. In fact, God loves it when His children call to Him. He is a Father who wants to be involved in the lives of His children. In order to do that, they must be willing to talk to Him.

Although you may no longer have parents or they may not want to talk with you, God is willing to listen and talk with you. He is waiting by the phone waiting for you to call Him up.

The great thing about calling out to God, there is no ‘no service’ area. There is no busy signal. There is no ‘business is closed’ message. There is no answering service. You do not need a cell phone or some other electronic device.

God is as near as your voice can speak. He is right there beside you waiting for a call from you. Call on Him today and He will hear and answer you.

I pray today that you will call to God everyday; that you will hear God’s voice when He speaks to you; that you will know God is listening to you; that you will know God will always answer you; and that you will know the joy of talking to God. 

2 Kings 22:19 Responding To God’s Word

Deer listening

Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people–that they would become a curse and be laid waste–and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD. 2 Kings 22:19 

Hearing someone is something easy to do and every one can do it. Responding to what a person hears is something different. With as much noise as is going on all around a person, most people do not respond to what they are hearing.

Everywhere a person goes, there are signs saying for people to go the speed limit. Yet, many people do not even try to go the speed limit. Warnings are ignored as people do what they want to do.

They hear what is said, but do not respond to it.

Josiah had become king and followed God. He had the temple restored. In the process of the restoration, the book containing God’s word to the people was found. In it he found out that they had not been following God and God was going to curse and destroy them.

Immediately Josiah tore his robe and began to weep. He realized what they had done was wrong and sought God’s forgiveness. God heard him and held back His anger against the people.

Every Sunday people hear God’s word being preached, yet, many do not respond to it. They think it was a good message…for the other guy…not for themselves. They do not change in any way. They continue to live in sinful ways outside of the church, ignoring what God’s word says.

It is easy to hear what God’s word says, but it takes effort to act upon it, to allow it to change one’s life.

God’s word is alive and active and can change you, if  you allow it. When you hear something God is speaking to you, make the necessary changes. Live according to God’s word.

As a believer, you are to live according to what God desires. If you hear what He is saying and are not doing it, you are disobeying God. Once you hear what He has to tell you, you are responsible to do it. Do not allow God’s word to go in one ear and out the other and never change anything.

God is speaking…are you really listening?

I pray today that you will know what God is saying; that you will act upon God’s word to you; that the Holy Spirit will guide you in what God desires of you; and that God will give you strength to do His will.