Judges 3, Acts 7, Jeremiah 16, Mark 2

If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it does it still make a sound? If God is talking to me and I am not listening is there still a message that has come from His voice?

From the beginning of time God spoke to THE NOTHINGNESS and created  EVERYTHING.  Adam and Eve were given a simple rule to not eat of one specific tree, yet with all of the abundant things they had and deep fellowship with God, they still chose to disobey thus causing a whirlwind of changing events that has continued throughout history and will be patterned behavior  until the day Christ comes to take us to a sinless eternal home in His kingdom!

In Judges 3 the Israelites were given a test of obedience and they chose to do evil in the sight of the Lord and were placed under a harsh ruler for many years.  As they cried out to the Lord  He brought rescue and peace back to their lives.  After 40 years they had again done evil  placing them under bondage until they began crying out for help again where the Lord then raised up Ehud who was used  to bring victory back to their land.  I find it incredibly interesting that the detail in Judges 3:15 of Ehud being LEFT handed is an indication of importance and a viable means of a more surprise attack upon the enemy. Does this mean right-handed people are unable to be used of God? Most certainly not, but, I am left-handed and through  that passage alone God used that to speak to ME directly regarding  the trials, circumstances and enemies in my own life that I believe are often insurmountable, that with Him  RIGHT by my side He helps me conquer!   THE NOTHINGNESS obeyed God’s voice, Why can’t I ? Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In reading Jeremiah 16, so many things were brought to my attention, but in verses 10-12 it states: “When you tell the people all these things, they will ask, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such terrible things against us? What have we done to deserve such treatment? What is our sin against the Lord our God?’ Tell them that this is the Lord’s reply: It is because your ancestors were unfaithful to me. They worshiped other gods and served them. They abandoned me. They did not keep my law. And you are even worse than your ancestors! You stubbornly follow your own evil desires and refuse to listen to me.”   I immediately link this to the sin that occurred in the garden of Eden from the start of time, and realize that I am no different in my lack of obedience.  I follow my own desires until I have extracted all my efforts to no avail and turn back crying out for His help. I need to remove blinders from my eyes and plugs from my ears!

Many years ago on a Sunday morning  a lady walked in wearing jeans, a ratty t-shirt, smelled of smoke and had noticeable tattoos. She was alone and sat towards the back.  I remember gazing around at all of the people whom I had been raised around who professed to reach out in love and not be judging upon others. I saw many of them roll their eyes, look disgusted and turn to one another whispering things.  Not once did anyone get up and go over to her.  I heard God speaking to me, and I will never forget as I approached her and began conversating with her the glimmer of light that appeared in her eyes!!  Mark 2:15-17 says, “That night Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. But when some of the teachers of religious law saw him eating with people like that, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do.  I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.”  GOD CAN USE ANYONE (LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED) TO BE A LIGHT TO SOMEONE ELSE AND HELP SLOW DOWN THE REPEATED DISOBEDIENT CYCLES OF LIFE AND OFFER THEM HIS UNENDING FORGIVENESS AND LOVE AND HOPE FOR THEIR FUTURE!  I am choosing to place myself in that forest with eyes and ears WIDE OPEN in order to ensure that I see the beauty that surrounds me,hear each tree that falls, and listens and applies to my life each word that is spoken!

Thank you Heavenly Father for your unending love and mercy that you so freely give to me. May my ears stay tuned to your voice and my actions be ones that are pleasing to you that can help create selfLESS cycles and be used to reach out and be victorious through you! Amen.

Divinely Intertwined with what HE has in line,

Erica ~

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