Friday, October 11, 2013

A Voice from Heaven

We are drawn by a voice. It is a sound we hear in our spirit not in our ears.

Something deep in God longs to connect with something deep in us.

"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me." Psalms 42:7 KJV

The water of the sky meets the water of a lake or ocean and there is an upward drawing and intermingling.

"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you." Philippians 3:13-15 ESV

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began" 2 Timothy 1:8-9 ESV

The set apart Ones are not fooled by sight. Results are measured by focus on God's purpose and reveling in God's grace. They see outside of time and space because they hear a voice calling them that is eternal and sits speaking from eternity.

"Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house." Hebrews 3:1-2 ESV

Heavenly brothers, who share in a calling, fellowship around Jesus.

Faithfulness is not continuing to do something. It is continuing to hear someone and operate in what you are hearing in meekness and humility. What we hear can lead us into years and years of moving in a consistent direction. When someone serves for decades is registers as noteworthy to us. That is God. The call might result in a week long mission trip to a place we will never return to or a conversation with a stranger or loved one that is devoid of familiarity and filled with freshness. Those are also noteworthy and special.

If Heaven seems silent it is good to trace our lives back to the last thing we know we heard and dwell there for a while. That is a good place for the waterspout to touch down again. There is music in that event, place or word from Heaven. A called one has a soul that hears and is able to respond and sing along.

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." Colossians 4:6 ESV

God's calling is seasoned with grace. What we speak is the manifestation of what we hear. Grace always communicates the high, the holy and the Heavenly.

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