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Fortune Cookie Devotion Series: An Old Friend

Today’s fortune cookie is a good one – “Look up an old friend if you’re feeling down.” We all have those days or even seasons where we are down. It is certainly a comfort to be able to spend time with old friends to connect and catch up. When you get together with an old friend, you can reminisce about past achievements and funny mishaps, and discuss current events too. 

For me, a friend is a friend for life. I love catching up with old friends; however, the best of old friends is our heavenly Father. There is no better person to connect with than Him. He not only knows what you are going through, but He alone can provide peace beyond understanding and joy that overflows. If you are feeling down right now, is it because you are not spending much time with the One who is above all? We were made to be in relationship with Him. Without our relationship with Him, we cannot be fully satisfied. 

Friendships require communication. It is certainly a special relationship when you can go without speaking for a few months or even years, and then reconnect like you never were apart. People come and go with seasons—some are more involved or less involved depending on the season you are working through. But this is not like the relationship we should have with God. God is a God of every season. If God is to speak into your life, to guide, to sustain, to provide, to comfort, etc., He should be someone you connect with daily. If you haven’t connected with Him lately, make the effort today. There is something special about being in His presence. The world, life and seasons, all look different through the lens of God—and basking in His presence will always make life brighter.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 [ESV]

Disconnected

Today we had the internet installed. Everything was up and running smoothly. That is, everything but my laptop. For some reason, my stubborn laptop was not communicating well with the new router. Even though the line of communication was present, my laptop was having none of it. After ten minutes of frustration, thankfully everything was resolved.

Communication is vital in any relationship. The most vital relationship for each one of us is our relationship with God. Consider then, how vital communication is when it comes to our relationship with God. Sadly, many of us are like my disconnected laptop. God is reaching out. God wants to have a close relationship. He continues to reach out in a variety of ways, but we are disconnected from His still small voice. We are disconnected from His Word. We are disconnected from the people He is speaking through. We are disconnected from our prayer life. He is never disconnected; we often are disconnected.

Today, if you are wondering why you are not hearing from God, consider if you are truly listening for Him. Are you reading His Word daily? Are you continuously in prayer? Are you making time for Him? Spend more time with Him today. Be intentional. Read Psalm 13. Embrace Him. Drown yourself in His Word. Pour your heart out to Him.

“Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.” – John 15:4a [NLT]

“I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word.” – Psalm 119:15-16 [NIV]

 

Voice of God

One of the topics people discuss with me most is hearing from God. Many people expect to hear from God with an audible voice like in the movies. I guess they assume a voice like Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones will speak to them, and if they do not hear a voice, God is not speaking. The truth is many people do not hear an audible voice; God speak through His Creation, through His people, through events. Most importantly, God speaks through His Word and His Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is in your gut. You may be doing something you aren’t supposed to be doing and the Spirit will say, “What are you doing? I have better for you.” Perhaps you are looking in the mirror and seeing someone who does not look how you desire, but the Spirit reminds you, “You are Mine. You are My beloved.” Maybe you are sitting in church when you feel this great need to go sit beside someone and pray with them. Or you are at work and you are eating your lunch when God tells you to go share a passage with a fellow co-worker.

God speaks. Often when He speaks, we are not listening. Often when He speaks the noises of the world are so loud we aren’t paying attention. Often when He speaks, we are expecting some audible voice to come from the sky, but He is speaking to you in a totally different way. Today go to that quiet place, the place where you are able to have your listening ears on. Just sit silently. Ask Him to speak. Ask Him to move everything away and let it be all about Him. Just listen.

“This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” – Jeremiah 33:2-3 [MSG]