Sometimes God Shouts

Posted: November 13, 2013 in World On The Edge

file0001311391105In yesterday’s post, we thought about how God talks to us. We considered how he often speaks silently to our hearts. He gives us gentle direction, or confidence, or leads us softly where we need to be. But there are times when God does not speak softly. He SHOUTS!

And during these times, His voice is demanding. What He desires to communicate to us may be what we NEED to hear, but what we don’t WANT to hear, because it may require us to change something we’ve grown accustomed to, something not very good for us. How many times do we close our ears to His voice pounding inside us–should I say warning us?–to do what we ought to do? God is SHOUTING then, in order to shine out some action on our part.

Actions or events we wouldn’t chose on our own–and ultimately caused by our own free behavior–may come. We may even have to suffer a loss, or humiliation before we will change. But God’s allows it. It is a loving action because God doesn’t take away our free will.  He SHOUTS a  little bit LOUDER.

There are also times when we cry out to God. He is our parent, after all; our Father. This is not quiet prayer. This is prayer of need, maybe out of sorrow, or fear, or defeat. We NEED God. We don’t want Him to leave us alone. We let Him know it. We ask. We knock. We SHOUT.

God is listening to both our prayers–the quiet ones, and the loud ones.
But are we listening to Him and His will for us? Or do we cover our ears like an impudent child?

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