Here is a devotional I received from my utmost. It simply is too good to hoard. I hope that God speaks to you mightily as you read. All the parts in italics are brief notes that I have included.
The Secret of the Lord
What is the sign of a friend? That he tells you secret sorrows? No, that he tells you secret joys. Many will confide to you their secret sorrows, but the last mark of intimacy is to confide secret joys. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys, or are we telling God our secrets so continually that we leave no room for Him to talk to us?
Make sure that you’re not only talking to God, but that you’re listening to Him. When we go to God in prayer, we should allow time to sit and meditate on His word. We must try to understand His commands, and simply say “Speak, Lord your servant is listening,” rather than rattling on and on about what we want/ did/ need.
At the beginning of our Christian life we are full of requests to God, then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so wedded to Jesus Christ’s idea of prayer — “Thy will be done” — that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives.
What makes God dear to us it the intimacy- the fact that when it’s all said and done, we know Him for ourselves. We understand His nature (although no human can fully comprehend God), we can confidently say that we have a personal relationship with Him. He has called us higher, and we have consistently yielded to the call. That’s intimacy.
“…him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose.” At first we want the consciousness of being guided by God, then as we go on we live so much in the consciousness of God that we do not need to ask what His will is, because the thought of choosing any other will never occur to us.
How cool is it that when you’re really close to God, your thoughts are in sync with His own thoughts, and you never even have to ask for guidance and direction? His nature begins to operate in you and you never need anything extra to get into the Holy place and access His thoughts, because they now are your own thoughts! I want. I want. I want that so badly.
If we are saved and sanctified God guides us by our ordinary choices, and if we are going to choose what He does not want, He will check, and we must heed. Whenever there is doubt, stop at once. Never reason it out and say — “I wonder why I shouldn’t?” God instructs us in what we choose, that is, He guides our common sense, and we no longer hinder His Spirit by continually saying — “Now, Lord, what is Thy will?”
Whenever you’re proceeding to do something and you’re not sure if God wants that, stop at once. Don’t get into the religious arguments about dogma or the nature of God. Always steer towards safety, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. Now, there are times when fear tries to come in the way between us and great things. But if we’re one with God, fear is banished because God’s love and presence banish fear and anxiety.
So, when we’re at a crossroads, we really always will know how to proceed because it’s all about God. We will unquestionably adhere to His own desires and not ours. We will always, always, act according to what He wants, because we understand that His will always is infinitely better than ours. Never forget that. God’s will is infinitely better than yours. Just surrender.
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