I am an avid reader of the bible!! I can say that it is my source of nourishment! I have been a believer in Christ for over 10 yrs now, and I always knew that HE died on the cross for our sins, and that there was a GOD (and you have heard me talk about this in previous posts). So I would like to have a little bible study (well this is me being preacher Keisha, so if only I listen, then it was just meant for me and what GOD is revealing to me and my life), but I do believe that other people can get something from someone else’s knowledge or what they have been through. I believe that we can learn from someone else’s pain or journey (even though we have our own, and someone else going through something will NOT stop us from going through whatever GOD is needing us to go through) because we ALL have PURPOSE! Remember that!!
Ok, so I have been reading several books in the bible at once. I usually read a Proverb that is pertaining to the day (since there are 31 Proverbs, I read the one that is the same as the day; for instance, like if today is the 3rd of the month, I read Proverb 3). So I read that and make sure I highlight my favorite verse or one that really caught my eye, and I meditate on it. Besides that I will read a book that I have been curious about, or sometimes I just flip through it, and will start reading whatever catches my eye (just FYI, I never read anything in the bible by ACCICIDENT), GOD knows what HE is needing me to hear, or read, and WHEN HE is revealing something to me. Let me give you a few examples:
There was one time that I really wanted to speak with a friend about a certain situation, but it was a little challenging to for me to do it. I spoke with GOD about it, and HE lead me to read the book of Samuel (Samuel 3:1-21; I am going to break it down for you (you can go in and read the story, I encourage you to).
So in this particular story Samuel is a young man under the leadership under Eli; so Samuel is trying to go to sleep, but the Lord keeps calling his name, but he doesn’t recognize the Lord’s voice (he keeps thinking that his teacher Eli is calling him). After the 3rd time that Samuel comes to Eli thinking that he is calling him, Eli recognizing that it is the Lord that is calling Samuel. He lets Samuel know that it is the Lord that is calling him, and he instructs him that when he goes back to sleep, and the Lord calls him again, he should answer to GOD so that GOD would be able to share what HE has for him. So Samuel does it, (he goes and lays back down, and when he hears the Lord call him, he answered this time) and that is when the Lord spoke to him and told him to tell Eli (his teacher) that HE is about to do something in Isreal that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. He also told Samuel to tell Eli that he and his family will be judged because of a sin that he knew about and Eli did nothing about it. (Now can you imagine how Samuel must have felt to hear this news about his teacher?!). Ok so the next morning Eli asked Samuel “what did the Lord say?” But of course Samuel was scared to tell Eli. And Eli noticed the hesitation of Samuel and told him: “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything HE told you”. So Samuel told him.
I read this story at the exact time that I needed it; it was GOD giving me instruction and confirmation that I had to talk to my friend about what I needed to talk to her about, (and it was on my heart because it was a spiritual thing). You notice how GOD was calling Samuel all that time, and it wasn’t until he listened that he finally realized that it was the voice of GOD. What really trips me out in this story is the news that GOD is telling Samuel to tell Eli, (this is some tough news)
But it goes to show that when GOD speaks to us, it is not always going to be what we want to hear, or it will be tough to take in or to do. And it can be pertaining to a close friend or family member. This is where (in our friendships) we need to be mature enough to be there for that person through not only the good times, but the tough times also. And if the friendship was truly meant to be then that friend will understand. After Samuel tells Eli what the Lord told him Eli’s response is: “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes”. Wow, (imagine if you just heard the news that GOD was going to deal with you because of not listening to HIM!). But Eli takes the news with grace. So if you have a friend that is a believer like you, even though the news may be hard to take, if it is from the LORD then they will understand.
I pray that this story inspires you to do the right thing, take the time to LISTEN to the LORD and I promise you HE will provide you what you are needing, when you need it.
Always remember…Never get too comfortable, always put GOD first.