Action Required.

Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went.

When you hear God speaking to you, what do you do about it?

Do you wait a while, think it over, and ask your friends what to do? Or do you take action?

As Christians, we often know the voice of God, and we’ve more than likely heard it a time or two. In most instances, the action we’re to take is immediate, and the voice has been strong enough that we took action without delay, more often than not, never recognizing that it was God speaking.

The pastor told a story about driving down a heavily trafficked road and hearing God tell him to CHANGE LANES. He heard it the second time, changed lanes, and within a short distance was spared from a multi car pile up.

Who hasn’t heard THAT voice?

Did you listen?

On an extended road trip, I settled behind the wheel, comfortable in my own driving skills, and familiar with the general direction. But several miles into the trip, I realized there was something wrong. I couldn’t put a finger on it, but something was definitely wrong with what I was doing. In the next town, I had the distinct impression that I was to pull over and get a room for the night, even though it was early in the day. I generally drove until much later in the afternoon, but I pulled off the road and started to pull into a motel close to the highway.

The driveway was blocked by a large vehicle, so I drove further off the road to a motel on the other side of the road and pulled into the drive. There was a nice cafe on the lot and the motel, so I went inside and rented a room.

The next morning, after a good night’s rest and several hours of ‘not really doing anything important’, I loaded up the truck and started on along the highway. The further I drove the more I noticed water on either side of the road. Eventually, I got to another town and pulled off for fuel and something to drink. A local mentioned that there’d been a bridge taken out back up the road a bit the afternoon before and they’d spent most of the night trying to rescue people from the highway that had washed off into the fields.

There had been no words, specifically. And I don’t recall hearing a voice of any specific detail, telling me to get off the road the day before. But there had been a distinctive message that I was to stop. I don’t know why I wasn’t supposed to stay at the first motel, but the second motel had a restaurant nearby, and all the amenities I wanted. So the benefit was obvious.

When you hear the voice? When you feel the signs? When you know you’re supposed to do something different?

Those are signs, signals from God. Do you listen?

Share your own experience of hearing God speak to you and how he spoke to you. Did you listen? Tell us what happened that reminded you that God was looking after you.


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