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Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
Our thought for today: “God wants to be heard and understood by His people”
Henry Blackaby spent decades as a pastor, preacher, teacher, church planter, mission team leader, and author. He was the pastor of churches in the United States and Canada. He helped to start mission churches in remote regions of Canada and he started a Bible college which has since grown into a full seminary. But Henry is best known for being the author of the Bible study “Experiencing God: Knowing and doing the will of God”.
I was fortunate to participate in that study early in my Christian walk and it was a formative experience for me. Of all the wonderful nuggets of inspiring spiritual insights that Henry shares in that study the one that caught my attention and captured my imagination the most was this, “One of the most exciting truths in all of scripture is that God wants to be heard and understood by His people.”
God wants to be heard and He wants to be understood. Hearing from God isn’t a mystery and it’s not a riddle that must be solved or a puzzle we must piece together. God wants to be heard so He can be understood and then obeyed. He reaches out to us. He goes out of His way to communicate in ways we can understand, to capture our hearts, and to hold our attention. Jeremiah 33:3 is true. If we call to God, He will answer us. If we desire to understand Him and His ways, He will help us to hear and understand. If we want a deep relationship with Him, He was already wanting one with us first.
God is the initiator, the motivator, and the primary actor in this relationship. He wants it more than we do. All we have to do is cooperate with Him in the ways He has provided for us, which will then lead us into that deep and intimate relationship with Him.
This is exciting news! It certainly excited me when I first heard it. What a great insight from a great Christian. Thank you, Henry Blackaby. Tomorrow we will take this a step further and consider the ways in which God speaks to us so that He can be understood by us.
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