Friday, April 05, 2013

God Speaks and You Can Count On Him!

I find life lessons in the most interesting places. Kind of like looking for a pair of glasses or your favorite jeans. You know you had them, but you just are amazed at where you finally find them!

When looking at the first dealership, we test drove a car on a Saturday and then let them give us a price. We had really only meant to look. I am not an impulse buyer of big things!

 As we sat at the desk with the salesman telling us our bottom price after telling us what he’d give us for our old car, I asked if we could have the paperwork to look over on the week-end. I explained that we just don’t make any final decisions without praying about it and we would let them know what we were going to do on Monday.

He stepped away for a moment and in came another man – the sales manager I believe. He began “encouraging” us to buy now. We shared our faith and said we’d have to pray. The price of our trade in went up $1,000! We shook our heads. Up another thousand! Red faced by now, he mentioned something about “If Jesus was giving me a good deal, I’d take it!” Another thousand was put on the table for our OLD car. Did I mention it was an OLD car with right at 200K miles on it? We’re up to $4,000 as a trade in!

No one but me knew, but there’s a headphone in my ear. I hear my beloved Speaker saying, ever so softly, “Are you going to let that buy your prayer time?” I am standing here with my precious husband, who wants to get me in a newer car, between two salesmen, one who is just plain angry by now and my Lord speaks to me. I felt that I was in a casino! The bets were being laid down – how high would they go? When would I be bought?

I also felt a chill in my spirit and the impulse to run! As we repeated that we’d have to take the deal and pray about it, red faced man told us if we left that day the deal was off. He went on to tell us that 85% of the people who walk out never return. We told them we weren’t like anyone they’d ever met.

I’m not saying that every time you buy a car or go to the store or stop in traffic that God is going to give you an object lesson, but He might. There are times that, regardless of the deal, we have to make a choice. For you see, beloved, God loves you. And because He loves you He will guide you through all the hard times and even through the good things, so that you will be blessed and He will be glorified.

Oh beloved, have you ever made a stand for God and been met with a thousand reasons not to remain standing? Maybe you’re going through this right now. You were thinking of giving in, going on or letting go and this morning you’re here reading about God speaking. He does speak to His people – maybe not an audible voice, but He could. Maybe not directly, but He can. He speaks through His Word and you can be sure that you should follow the Scriptures in everything you do. Every day is a choice we make whether to live in the light of His Word or live by our own wits. Rejoice today that you can let God lead you from a good deal to the best because He loves you and He’s for you and that’s all that really matters!

1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Psalm 32:8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

Job 33:14-15 For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.”

Psalm 130:5 I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on Him. I have put my hope in His word.

Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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