Hearing God’s Voice

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The story of Elijah’s despair after his defeat of the prophets of Baal to hearing God’s voice on the mountain is a lesson in hope to me. I often refer to this episode in the prophet’s life when I feel defeated, even after God grants victories.

From the huge victory God performed through Elijah, to God’s quiet whisper of encouragement, Elijah experienced emotions many of us face.

Through God’s power Elijah defeated four hundred fifty prophets of Baal. After such an enormous display of God’s sovereignty, Elijah fled for his life when Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him within twenty-four hours.

When Elijah fled, he prayed he might die saying, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life.” Instead of granting Elijah’s request, the LORD provided miraculously for Elijah’s physical needs.

Once strengthened, the prophet traveled forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb; the mountain of God. There he went into a cave, spent the night, and heard God’s voice. During the night God asked Elijah what he was doing there. Elijah listed all the rejection he felt as God’s prophet, even though he’d been zealous for the LORD.

God told him to go stand on the mountain for HE was going to pass by.

In The Women’s Devotional Guide to the Bible the author tells how, like Elijah, we can listen to God speak to us today.

  • First, Elijah had to be available
  • Second, he had to be quiet
  • Third, Elijah had to get rid of distraction
  • Fourth, he had to take the time to hear God’s voice

Elijah found great victory through God’s powerful display. He also found comfort and strength in God’s quiet whisper.

When life beats us up and we want to quit, God is still the answer.

How do you make yourself available, quiet, and undistracted to hear God’s whisper?

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 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Clearer Vision

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Two weeks ago I had surgery to remove a cataract from my right eye. Today surgery on my left eye is scheduled. As with all cataracts, mine built up over the years, clouded my vision, and kept me from seeing things clearly.

The day after the removal of the first cataract, I visited my optometrist for my follow-up appointment. My doctor told me everything looked excellent. Yay, God!

Walking around with clearer vision in my eye got me thinking about what it takes to walk around with clearer vision in my heart.

In the same way I needed to have the clouded lens removed to see through my eye more clearly, we need Jesus to remove the clouded heart-lens we look through so we can see things through his eyes more clearly.

As with my cataracts, our clouded heart-vision doesn’t develop overnight. It takes years to harden our hearts to look at things in distorted ways God never intended. It takes years to allow prejudice and hurt to build up and blind us to the truth; God loves everyone. No exceptions.

Having clearer heart-vision means allowing Jesus to take his laser, or scalpel, to the opaque lens that covers our hearts, ridding us of unhealthy habits, and letting us see his plan for our lives with better focus.

Because of my astigmatism, I’ll still need glasses. And I’m okay with that.

The way I see it, (no pun intended) continuing to need glasses keeps me dependent on something outside myself to have clearer vision.

Just as being dependent on Jesus clears up my heart-vision.

What do you do to keep your heart dependent on Jesus for clearer vision?

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For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Are We Imitators of Christ?

During our recent trip to Goliad, Texas Pilot and I couldn’t help but notice a small boy and his grandfather. Precious is the word that comes to mind. It seemed to me this little boy desired to imitate his grandfather.

Looking at these two caused me to think about my relationship with Jesus and ask myself, “Do I imitate Christ?” Perhaps you can think about your relationship with Christ along with me, and ask yourself the same question.

This grandfather and grandson clothed themselves alike and appeared inseparable throughout the entire weekend. It appeared the little boy trusted his grandfather and wanted to be wherever he went.

The Bible tells us those who are baptized into Christ are clothed with Christ. We are children of God through our faith in Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-27) Since we are clothed with Christ, our desire should be to follow wherever he leads.

Even as things wound down, the little boy looked to his grandfather and imitated him. We are to be imitators of Christ and follow his example. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Come to find out, the whole family were re-enactors. The boy’s grandfather, mother, and aunt were with the Mexican cavalry. His father was part of the Texian cavalry. I wonder which side he’ll “fight” on when he grows older.

If I had to bet, I’d say he’ll stick with Grandpa.

In life we might have people who imitate us. When they imitate us, are they also imitating Christ? Are we clothed in robes of righteousness? Do we follow in Christ’s footsteps and point others to him?

When we “grow up”,which side will we fight on? God’s side or Satan’s?

Is there someone in your life you imitated when you were younger?

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 Jesus said to all of them, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.  Luke 9:23 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Knocking On Doors

One of my devotions will be posted on Christian Devotions November 26, 2013. Please stop by and check out the site.

January 16, 2008, I submitted an article retelling the events of Pie’s seizure when he was 10-months-old, to a magazine I felt was a perfect fit. The article was not something the editor was looking for at the time, so she rejected it. AAGGHH!

All through 2008, I submitted that article to numerous magazines. All rejected it. Discouragement. I sent it out a couple more times, and met with the same fate.

I let the article sit in my files until May of 2012. I never gave up on it. I really believed what I wrote about how God brought me through an overwhelming situation, was something others would benefit from reading. So, at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, I showed it to an editor.

She liked it! She requested I submit it, and submit, I did.

October 21, 2012, I had an offer to publish the article. Yea, God!

July 10, 2013, “Letting Go” posted on Today’s Christian Woman Parent Connect.

If you’ve done the math, you saw this was a five and a half year journey of closed doors. But God…

He knew the people he wanted to read my article. He knew who it would benefit most. He orchestrated it all. Was I happy when the article kept being rejected? No. Was I discouraged? Yes. Did I give up? Not completely. I kept knocking on doors until one opened.

Oh, perhaps you’ll find this interesting…the magazine I submitted “Letting Go” to in January 2008? Today’s Christian Woman –print version before there ever was a digital version of the magazine. God’s perfect timing.

Are you in a place where you’re waiting for doors to open? Perhaps it’s a job. Perhaps it’s a health issue. Perhaps it’s concern for a family member. Release from addiction. Release from pain –however it is manifesting itself. Release from self-doubts.

Just as my article met with closed doors, there was a reason. There’s a reason for your closed doors, too. We don’t need to know that reason, though sometimes we’d sure like an explanation. What we need to do is keep knocking. Keep persisting. Keep trusting. Move through that door when God opens it. And stay put when he keeps it closed.

The Apostle Paul met closed doors, but he kept on knocking. He didn’t give up, and neither should we.

They (Paul and Silas) went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas.

Acts 16:6-8 MSG

I wish you well.

Sandy

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