I was doing my morning Bible study and came across something that made me pause and think for a bit. You see, we are always told that God will never leave us. And for the most part, that is true. He is always there. His presence is all around.
There have been times in my life where I have felt as if God was not with me. There have been times when I felt that He must have moved away for some reason. Sometimes, this caused me to feel angry. Sometimes, this caused me to cling tighter. The point is, I felt He wasn’t with me and I had to choose whether to continue on in faith or just close myself off from Him completely.
It’s not easy to do what you know you need to do. Especially when you tend to have pretty strong opinions on just about everything.
I’ve been learning a lot about what it takes to be wise. And it isn’t what the world will tell you.
God’s way takes you out of what you used to do and into a whole new way of thinking.
It’s not about suppressing your feelings. It’s not about being a quiet woman.
It’s about knowing when and where to speak, and looking to the Lord before you let it flow.
Did you ever notice when reading your Bible that the Old Testament is full of stories filled with expectations? This popped out to me today as I was reading about Jonathan in 1 Samuel chapter 14. In that chapter (1 Samuel 14:8-10), Jonathan says that if the Philistines say, “Come up and fight,” that will be the Lord’s sign that He will help defeat them.
It seems like such a small thing, but what I noticed is that there are so many instances like that. There are so many verses where people say if something happens then it will be the Lord’s sign.
People expected a sign.
I was just sitting here doing my daily Bible study when something hit me that I thought I should share. I was reading in the book of Luke.
Then the entire council took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor. They began to state their case: “This man has been leading our people astray by telling them not to pay their taxes to the Roman government and by claiming he is the Messiah, a king.”
So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied, “You have said it.”
Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, “I find nothing wrong with this man!”
Then they became insistent. “But he is causing riots by his teaching wherever he goes—all over Judea, from Galilee to Jerusalem!”
“Oh, is he a Galilean?” Pilate asked. When they said that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod’s jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time.
Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle. He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer. Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations. Then Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. (Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.)