By Rebecca Miller
June 13, 2020
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1 Kings 11:1-12:19
People long to hear from God for their own benefit but have you ever listened to the Lord in order to just learn more about Him? Or listened to respond as the Holy Spirit partners with you to expand His Church and Kingdom?
In the 1 Kings passage the Lord had given Solomon much (kingship, wisdom, wealth) but God had forbidden him from serving other gods which Solomon disobeyed. Yet God still spoke to him. This shows me that God speaks to His rebellious children teaching them the importance of complete obedience to Him.
In the story of the dramatic conversion of Saul to Paul, in the Acts passage, Saul is journeying to Damascus in order to imprison Jesus followers. On the journey, Jesus speaks to Saul. As Jesus often does when He confronts man, He asks thoughtful questions. This teaches me that God speaks to those who are not yet His children and he speaks to those who persecute His Church.
The story of Ananias, in Acts, is powerful because it’s relatable. This faithful man of God has a dialogue with the Lord in which he tells God of his fear of man (in this case, Saul). From this passage, I learn God speaks to believers with tasks of interacting with non-believers. When we respond to the Lord with obedience—even crazy-doesn’t-make-sense-I’m-scared obedience, this can lead to us touching and witnessing life-changing and world-changing miracles for His glory and Kingdom!
God speaks to man because of His character and amazing love. In return, those who are given new life through Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit are tasked with speaking the Gospel to the world in order to expand His Church and Kingdom.
At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
— Acts 9:20
Prayer to start with: Father, God—you are worthy of all praise—you are communicative and you are the living God. We pray for the Solomon’s in our world—may you turn their hearts away from gods and may they follow and obey you solely and wholly. For the repentant Saul’s in our communities—confront & forgive their sin, emboldening them to speak to others that Jesus is the Son of God. Finally thank you for speaking to the Ananias’ in our midst—may you turn their hesitant fear into bold obedience to you, the living and relational God who speaks.