It’s Five Munute Friday, and the prompt is “speak.” Today I’m combining the prompt alongside my Romans 12 lettering study and linking up with Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty family.
For the last couple days I’ve been thinking about how we respond to the events around us. And today it dawns on me again, that we are not fighting flesh and blood alone. We were not made for wickedness and destruction. We were made for love, to love, and to be loved. Today I want to encourage you to get in the word of God and remember what he says about who we are and how we can fight the good fight of faith. Read these verses. Ask God what he is saying to you. Because what if God is doing a brand new thing and it is springing up before us, but we can’t even see it because of all the noise around us.
We’ve spent so many days spending our voices. There is a cacophony of hearts battling to be heard and understood. But what if God is disrupting us- trying to break through to our hearts to speak his truth? A truth that would empower and equip us to influence and change our communities and spheres of influence. A dialing down is needed now. Let’s get still. Let’s lean in. And let’s ask God what he’s up to. Because it looks like he’s exposing any and everything that keeps us from walking in truth, love, faith, hope, connection, unity, and identity.
We forget who we are. We become what we dislike without realizing it, and then wonder why we feel out of sorts. Or is that just me??? I don’t know about you, but this one thing I know and choose to remember: my identity is secure in Christ alone. It’s not in a race, a tribe, a lifestyle, perspective, projection, statistic or assumption. Thank God for that because we’d all be mad if who we are was based on any and everything that’s temporal, superficial, mansmade, or bent on seducing and reducing us to chains. Real talk, I don’t need to see your “nakedness” of heart to know you’ve struggled to love and live well, and you certainly DON’T want to see mine! That’s not God’s way. His relationship with each of us is one of intimate connection. He’s into you and you only. He’s into me and me only. Our walk relationships with Him our deeply personal. Maybe that’s why it’s so powerful and life changing whenever we read God’s word and the logos becomes rhema – as though He were speaking directly to us, words jumping off the page and shocking our souls back to true life in Him. That’s good news! In this intimate connection of our hearts with His, He exposes our own hearts so we can grow out of what is not meant for us and into what is good and noble and right and true. God is after our full restoration, and so He always speaks life and identity over us.
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT
Maybe we’re all so busy speaking, thinking we’re praying and problem solving, that we’ve left no room to hear the whisper of God – His still, small voice. We seem to have forgotten that as He is, so are we in the world. I believe he is speaking. Not a yell. Not a demand. Not a belligerent ear ringing. Not shaming. The voice of the Lord woos us out of darkness and into light, but how can we recognize his whispers if we too busy chatting at the heavens in constant complaint or screaming into the abyss of the world’s vast brokenness? This is a time for stillness. Hear me. I’m not saying sit and do nothing while the storm is raging. I’m saying get still and silent in prayerful meditation and quiet. Listen for His voice. Quiet your soul even while you’re in the middle of the noise. Wait for His voice to speak. For I believe he will give us holy instruction – discerning insight that will allow us to be practice peacemakers. Now more than ever I want, and need, God’s strategy especially where lies and truths get twisted. So I say to my heart, “be still and know.” Let God speak. He has something to say.
Go with God, friends. Lean into His presence. Get ready to hear from Him. May we hear His voice even through our pain and suffering.
Tell me your stories. I want to hear them.