GodReflection: God Breaks in Mondays
In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions (1 Samuel 3:1)
When I note the times in Scripture when God breaks into humankind’s earth walk, it is not as if His visits are often.
I read in Old Testament Scripture of God’s contact with Adam and Eve, Cain, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Solomon, and the prophets.
In New Testament Scripture, I see God breaking into the lives of Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, John the Prophet, Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John the Apostle.
One of those times was with the boy Samuel. This is a favorite Old Testament story.
Hannah prayed to the Almighty to give her a son and in return promised to return him to God as a gift. Thus, we find the boy living and serving in the House of God.
To set the stage for God to break into the life of Samuel the manuscripts introduce the occasion with the following words:
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions (1 Samuel 3:1).
It took three calls of God to Samuel speaking the boy’s name for the wisdom of Eli the priest to recognize the voice Samuel heard was from God. The fourth time God called again to Samuel and hearing the voice of the Creator, Samuel listened as God painted before him a vision of the future.
Ok, here are my questions.
Does God still break into the lives of His people in the 21st century? In addition—if He does—how frequent are His encounters?
Here is what I think.
The gift of the Holy Spirit I received at baptism made it possible for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to live inside my own spirit.
Is it possible the more I allow them to control and lead my life, the more I will see as they see?
And, as I catch their vision for the potential they see in my life as an instrument in their hands, step by step I begin to live out the vision.
Powered by the Holy it is a vision lived with passion. With each step, I see the future unfold.
Is it possible the Holy calls to me from within my spirit to act and finds a deaf ear?
Might it be that I limit visions instead of God?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In By Visions.