You said one of the areas you wanted us to Deal with is your spiritual life so let’s talk about it today. It was my first meeting for the week with my spiritual father and as I got comfortable we started to talk.
Me: my spiritual journey has been good but I still have rough days.
Him: what’s your definition of a good day from the spiritual standpoint?
Me: waking up and just being so enthusiastic about studying God’s word, and as I open my bible I can just hear Him speaking to me directly. On this days I don’t have to think about what to pray about or how to start praying because the words just flow freely and I can just feel God. Songs just rise from my heart the whole day ( my spirit is singing and it’s reflecting on my outside) To top that up being conscious of his presence and literally seeing the words/things he is speaking to me about, unfold before my eyes. That to me is my definition of a perfect day with God.
Him: And your definition of a rough day?
Me : Those days I wake up in the morning and find it difficult to utter a word, 10 mins to me seem really Long. It’s like God is so far away and I cannot feel Him talk more of hearing his voice. On this days the Bible feels really boring to me like a book filled with stories, I just lay there and I am quiet……..I try to make meaning from the songs I am singing but I am finding it hard to concentrate, my thoughts are just all over the place.
He looked at me with a smile and said let’s look at Gods word shall we? Open to the book of Habakkuk chapter 2:1-2. As I opened he said read it…
Chapter 1: I will stand at my guard post And station myself on the tower; And I will keep watch to see what He will say to me, And what answer I will give [as His spokesman] when I am reproved.
Chapter 2: Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision And engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets So that the one who reads it will run.
Notice the chapter one began with i will stand that means being still, to wait, to position oneself. This can also be seen in the account of the children of Israel when they were to cross the Red Sea but they were greatly afraid and God said to standstill. The chapter did not begin with I will run or I will talk or I will sing ( not like this things are wrong, but there is a time and place for it) the writer prophet Habakkuk continued by saying he will keep watch to see what God is saying to him, His job at this point was just to listen so he can see. most times we get too caught up in the activity that we loose sight of the reason for the activity in the first place. I would like to imagine it like a house caught in a fire and you have a baby trapped in there but the firefighters can’t actually hear clearly or even hear at all that there is a baby trapped and crying for help if the place is too noisy. But the very moment they step into that room or house and the noise has somewhat diminished the sound of the crying baby becomes evident and then they begin to trail where the sound is coming from until they finally see the child and come to his/her aid. Listening and being still opens us up to a newer revelation.
The chapter two says then the lord answered him… but we never saw where prophet Habakkuk did any talking, so why was God answering him and what was God answering? you see though his mouth wasn’t talking, his heart was with God I guess his heart was saying words which the mouth couldn’t utter. God was answering a heart that was yearning for something deeper.
A similar experience can be seen with another prophet in the Bible prophet Elijah. He was seeking for God in the wrong places, he felt the place with the most noise or event was where God was but contrary to that God was In a gentle whisper
1st kings 19:11-13
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain; it was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his scarf and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “Why are you here, Elijah?”
Him: Beauty I also used to have those days and still do and I can say they are my most exciting days now because those are the days I get to enjoy God’s presence more Infact I long more for those days.
Me: huh? Ok…..
At that point I realised God was teaching me to learn to wait more, to be patient and enjoy whatever kind of day I was having with him. So if you are just like me here is a summary of what you should take note of.
What do I take note of from today’s word?
• Do not put God in a box don’t think he has to speak to you in a specific manner all the time.
• As much as you enjoy your bubbling days, learn to also Enjoy those quiet days you term as “boring” trust me those are the days that God most times infiltrates us with his word because we are not busy talking.
• Your quiet days can actually be your heart yearning for more of God and letting go of what you are used too.
• Be open to whatever God has in stock for you on a daily basis.
• God is never far he is closer that you think just stop chasing the wrong things.
• Anticipate those quiet days because they will definitely come and when they eventually come you can just enjoy the solitude knowing that God your father is right there with you.
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Have a glorious week ahead