CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???


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Yesterday, I was thinking about how God speaks to us ALL OF THE TIME…but most of the time, we don’t hear Him; either because we don’t want to, and refuse to hear His voice, or because we are simply too busy and not ‘tuned in’.
The Bible says that God speaks to us in a “still, small voice” -1 Kings 19:11-14….  But, if we refuse to listen when He speaks, He will make sure He gets our attention.  In the Book of Revelation 12:2 it says,  “And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder…”
Remember this account in the Bible found in the first three chapters of the Book of Jonah?  It reminds me of that old commercial by Verizon Wireless!  I can almost see God saying….   “Can you hear me now?”
To Jonah the Lord spoke, saying:”Go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it; for its wickedness rises up before me.”

But Jonah did not wish to preach to the people of Nineveh; for they were the enemies of his land, the land of Israel. He wished Nineveh to die in its sins, and not to turn to God and live. So Jonah tried to go away from the city where God had sent him. He went down to Joppa and took a ship for Tarshish.

But the Lord saw Jonah on the ship; and the Lord sent a great storm upon the sea, so that the ship seemed as though it would go to pieces…

“There is some man on this ship who has brought upon us this trouble (they said). Let us cast lots and find who it is.”

Then they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. They said to him, all at once:

“Tell us, who are you? From what country do you come? What is your business? To what people do you belong? Why have you brought all this trouble upon us?”

Then Jonah told them the whole story, how he came from the land of Israel, and that he had fled away from the presence of the Lord.

“What shall we do to you, that the storm may cease?”

Then said Jonah:

“Take me up and throw me into the sea; then the storm will cease and the waters will be calm;

But the men were not willing to throw Jonah into the sea. They rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not. Then they cried unto the Lord, and said:

“We pray thee, O Lord, we pray thee, let us not die for this man’s life; for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.”

At last, when they could do nothing else to save themselves, they threw Jonah into the sea.

At once the storm ceased, and the waves became still. Then the men on the ship feared the Lord greatly. They offered a sacrifice to the Lord, and made promises to serve him.

And the Lord caused a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was alive within the fish for three days and three nights. In the fish Jonah cried to the Lord; and the Lord caused the great fish to throw up Jonah upon the dry land….  The Lord came to Jonah a second time:

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it what I command you.” So Jonah went to the city of Nineveh; and as he entered into it, he called out to the people:

“Within forty days shall Nineveh be destroyed.”

And he walked through the city all day crying out only this:

“Within forty days shall Nineveh be destroyed.”

And the people of Nineveh believed the word of the Lord as spoken by Jonah. They turned away from their sins and fasted and sought the Lord, from the greatest of them even to the least. The king of Nineveh arose from his throne, and laid aside his royal robes, and covered himself with sack-cloth and sat in ashes, as a sign of his sorrow. And the king sent out a command to his people that they should fast, and seek the Lord, and turn from sin.

And God saw that the people of Nineveh were sorry for their wickedness, and he forgave them, and did not destroy their city….

God is calling to all of mankind today.  To those who don’t yet know Him in a personal way…He calls you to repentance and salvation.  To the Believer, He calls us to be witnesses and spread the Gospel.  It’s our choice….  Do we want to hear the ‘still, small voice of God’, or will we wait until His voice roars and thunders into our lives, and we finally listen?  His question to every reader of this blog is…

“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”

Anita

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