Daily Devotional

December 30, 2018

Hearing the Lord

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. – Proverbs 8:34

The magnificent lightning storm began in the early morning with flashes from the north as well as from the mountain range to the east. However, our children slept on, undeterred by the fierce commotion outside. As if nature was angry at the lack of response to its early morning show, it sent down a deafening rumble that grew louder with each moment, then crashed with such a bang that the whole house and everything in it seemed to shake!

Six pairs of feet hit the floor as my children leaped from their beds and ran into the living room to see what had awakened them. One child thought that a plane had crashed into the house; another thought fireworks were exploding next door. My children, like many others, ordinarily found getting out of bed in the morning a bit of a challenge. Oft-repeated calls or shoulder-shaking had failed to move them more than an inch. However, the powerful storm had gotten them all up quickly half an hour before the first alarm was set to go off!

Although this experience took place a number of years ago, it made a lasting impression on me. How many times has God called or given gentle nudges to us, His children, but failed to get a response? Maybe He has even shaken us a little and called our names a bit louder, but we went on, unaware that He wanted to talk to us and draw us closer to Him. What does the Lord have to do to get our undivided attention?

As Christians, we do not want to miss God’s Voice speaking to our hearts. Let us be sure it does not take “thunder from Heaven” to make us pay attention. Rather, we want to stay in touch with our Savior so we can hear His Voice.