I missed you while I was away, but I had a fabulous trip with my daughter. I hope to tell you more another time. Today I want to remind you that God sees our needs and knows how to communicate with us.
Larry and I studied under a brilliant seminary professor whose charisma and authority made him dangerous. Several people ended the year with their faith utterly shaken. He, knowingly or unknowingly, set himself up as the final authority and punished those whose views differed from his. Even questions to gain a better understanding seemed to threaten him.
Two of his premises were God has left us to figure things out by ourselves and maturity is shown by confusion. Any expression of faith in a God who is personally involved in the lives of His children was belittled as naive.
Many times I’d received comfort and instruction from the Holy Spirit using a simple Bible study method. (You can get it in the free e-book How to Get a Personal Word from God in the right sidebar.) This man’s influence brought dark clouds of confusion that would douse my joy whenever I received guidance through God’s Word. I wondered if I was simplistic to think the God of the universe cared about my small needs.
I continued to read my Bible. But his influence definitely undercut the joy I’d previously experienced until my reading took me to Luke 10:21:
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’
Once again, God’s Word addressed my need, and it exposed the deception behind my professor’s teaching.
This man was wise and learned by the world’s standards, but he didn’t demonstrate peace with God. Years later another professor from the same seminary told us that our former professor’s churning spirit had injured numerous people, including the man telling us.
Some scholarly people will scoff childlike faith, but don’t dismay. God rewards it. Has a person or a teaching caused you to doubt God’s personal interest in you? Are you skeptical of God’s desire and ability to speak to you?
You matter to God!
Here are some Scriptures that remind us that God cares about individuals. Let’s take them to heart.
- “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
- “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
- “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Don’t let anyone’s credentials or status cause you to mistrust your Father’s love and involvement in your life. Jesus loves you. He wants to guide you and supply your needs. Bring your requests to Him, and release your faith by thanking Him for His involvement. If you have Jesus, you are never alone.
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Debbie W. Wilson
I want to tell you about a great new book coming out on November 7, called Life in the Presence of God, by author and speaker Dr. Ken Boa. I am reading an early copy of the book and am enjoying it very much.
This book is about experiencing God in day-to-day life, and it’s like a 21st-century version of Brother Lawrence’s classic The Practice of the Presence of God—except more practical, with ideas for how we can really become aware of God, and follow Christ’s command to abide in him, even in our technology-saturated, fast-paced modern context. You can order a copy here.
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