Have you ever stopped to take the time and think about the ways God has used people and circumstances to bring His message to you? Well that’s just what I’m doing right now as I’m typing this blog. I am thinking how God used a friend and a home project to bring forth this message and post, “HAVE YOU GOT GOD ON YOUR CALLER ID?”
Not too long ago I telephoned a friend and asked him if he could come by to help me finish a home project I was working on. We had not seen each other in over a year, but on the day of his arrival it was if time had stood still. There was no laspe of time for us. Our conversation started like it was yesterday, instead of a year gone by. Right away we both started talking about the goodness of the Lord Jesus. As our dialogue continued, my friend seem to come out of the blue with this statement, “THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO A CHRISTIAN WAS CALLER ID.” He started laughing as he repeated, “Yea, that’s right, THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN WAS CALLER ID.” Now I’m laughing because of his contagious laughter and I asked him to explain what he meant. Then, he shared this story with me.
I’M NOT ANSWERING THIS CALL
He told me how he was about to do something that he knew he shouldn’t do – when his cell phone rang. He checked his caller ID and saw that is was his wife. He chuckled shaking his head out of embarrassment as he confessed his response. I’m not answering this. He knew that if he answered there would be questions … questions that might interfere with his plans. We both are now laughing uncontrollably as I now confess … been there done that. My friend went on to say what if God was using a person at a particular time and place to get His message across to you. God could be using that caller to tell you to not to start what you’re about to start or to stop what you are currently doing. But with Caller ID, we are quick to look and decide if we are going to take the call.
The Book of Job right away came to mind. It is a must read for all, young and old. It is a book about extreme trials. But more than that it’s about hearing from God. The purpose of this post is to encourage you and me, to not screen out Jesus with our caller ID. When God calls, we should answer.
IT’S FOR YOU
God speaks in one way, in two ways, but no one perceives it. In the dream, a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon humans, during their slumber on a bed, then he opens people’s ears, scares them with warnings, to turn them from a deed and to smother human pride. He keeps one from the pit, a life from perishing by the sword. Or a person may be disciplined by pain while in bed, bones ever aching until a person loathes food, an appetite rejects a delicacy; the flesh wastes away, no longer visible; the bones, once hidden, protrude. A life approaches the pit; its very being draws near the death dealers. Surely there’s a messenger for this person, a mediator, one out of a thousand to declare one’s integrity to another so that God has compassion on that person and says, “Rescue this one from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom.”
In these Bible verses we catch only a glimpse of the ways that God speaks to mankind. More often then not, Men don’t preceive that it is The Lord who is speaking to them. Job had asked God, “Oh, that I had someone to hear me! I sign now my defense-let the Allmighty answer me; let my accuser put his indictment in writing.”
Job was really asking for God to send a man in His place whereby Job could argue his case before that man, instead of God. God granted his request with Elihu. However, Job was stilling looking to God for answers. He would not avoid God’s voice to the point of his own demise.
AVOIDING GOD TO THE POINT OF DEATH
God sends whomever he chooses, as in the case with Balaam. God used a donkey to speak to this prophet who was for hire. Three times Balaam’s donkey veered off its course because he saw an angel of the Lord wheeling a sword. The first time his donkey turned off the road into a field, the second time his donkey turned down a norrow path through vineyards crushing Balaam’s foot against a wall that was on both sides. Then when the donkey could neither turn to the right or to the left, the donkey – seeing the angel of the Lord a third time – laid down under Balaam. Balaam was so angry he beat the donkey with his staff.
Then the LORD gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam. “You have made me look like a fool!” Balaam shouted. “If I had a sword with me, I would kill you!” “But I am the same donkey you have ridden all your life,” the donkey answered. “Have I ever done anything like this before?” “No,” Balaam admitted. Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the roadway with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam bowed his head and fell face down on the ground before him. “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the LORD demanded. “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away; otherwise, I would certainly have killed you by now and spared the donkey.” Then Balaam confessed to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned. I didn’t realize you were standing in the road to block my way. I will return home if you are against my going.”
Balaam was so intently focused on what he wanted to do, that not even a talking donkey would change his mind. Maybe you can relate to this story. Perhaps you can think of a time when you heard that still small voice turning you away from sin, but you chose to ignore it. Maybe you are that person today who’s hearing the voice of God calling you, redirecting you. Yes, you’ve checked your called ID and it’s God! Pick up the phone and answer the call. If it’s salvation you need; Jesus has it. If it’s grace and mercy you seek; Jesus has it. Whatever the need or circumstance surrounding your life, Jesus is the answer for the world today. TAKE THE CALL.