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Today’s Truth

“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.”

Isaiah 50:4-5

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One of my favorite devotion books is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. On October 10th, he wrote, “All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open through philosophy or thinking. But once you obey, a flash of light comes immediately…Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up…God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you already know.”

We must never fall into the trap of thinking that God will always give us only “big” things to do. Jesus took a towel and began to wash the disciples’ feet (John 13:3-5). Through His act of servant leadership, He demonstrated the obedience we should have on a daily basis in the mundane activities of everyday life. Yes, He raised the dead, but He also washed the feet.

One evening Steve and I were on our way to dinner. Just before we arrived, I saw three teenage girls walking into another restaurant in the same area where we were going to eat. One of the girls had been in a small group I had led for two years. I felt God nudging me to go into the restaurant and pay for their dinners.

“Steve, there’s Christine,” I said. “I believe God wants me to pay for those girls’ dinners.”

Steve, being a man who listens to God, whipped the car around and headed toward the door.

“Hi girls,” I said as I walked up to them in line.

“Hi Mrs. Jaynes. What are you doing here?”

“May I take your order?” the cashier interrupted.

“Go ahead girls,” I urged. “You go first.”

Each girl ordered and then the cashier turned to me. “And you ma’am.

“Oh, I’m not having anything. I just came in to pay for these girls’ dinners.”

The threesome was very surprised and very appreciative. I ran back out to our car, feeling a warm sense of listening and obeying.

The next day, Christine called. “Mrs. Jaynes,” she said “thank you so much for paying for our dinners last night. My friends were so touched. No one has ever done anything like that for any of us before. See, last night, they wanted to go out to dinner, but I told them I couldn’t afford it. So they were going to pay for mine. Then you came in and well…thanks.”

Obeying God only cost me $19.95, but the lesson to Christine, and her two friends was invaluable. Jesus said, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

Obeying God begins with heeding the simple nudges. Don’t be afraid! Many people are afraid to obey those nudges because they aren’t absolutely sure it is God’s voice. I’ve decided that if the inner prompting lines up with Scripture and is consistent with God’s character and ways, then I’d rather err on the side of obedience than the side of caution.

“We all have those times when there are no flashes of light and no apparent thrill to life, where we experience nothing but the daily routine with its common everyday tasks…Don’t always expect God to give you His thrilling moments, but learn to live in those common times of the drudgery of life by the power of God…I must realize that my obedience even in the smallest detail of life has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it” (O. Chambers, June 15).

“If I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God” (O. Chambers November 2).

My prayer is that I will be able to say like the prophet Isaiah, “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5).

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I’m listening. Speak to me. Nudge me. I will not be rebellious. I will not draw back.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, I encourage you to pay attention to God’s nudges.

What is one time that you obeyed God’s nudge, even if you were nervous to do so? Then join me on my blog page, look for this devotion’s entry, and tell me what happened. I can hardly wait. Don’t feel uncomfortable telling me. Don’t feel like you’re tooting your own horn. I just want to toot my party horn in celebration of your obedience!

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5 Responses to “Seeing the Face of God Through the Pinholes of Obedience”

  1. Wanda says:

    Three years ago my daughter was flying home from college for Christmas break. I was in a grumbling mood that day and cried out to the Lord for forgiveness and help to overcome it. I had enough time to pull through a drive-in for a quick bite. My frustration grew when a vehicle cut me off after I had ordered. As I pulled forward I heard the Lord tell me to pay for the vehicle behind me. I did and a peace came over me that remained for days along with joy. I’ve never known how the Lord worked in the heart of the person behind me, but I’ve never forgotten how He worked in my heart!

  2. georgia says:

    God is def. nudging me everyday, I can feel his presence like never before. Scary and thrilling at the same time. My heart knows. Thank you Lord Jesus.

  3. Pam says:

    I wanted to share with you a time I did NOT heed to the nudging. It happened probably thirty years ago but I will never forget. I was at a breakfast bar when a man in a wheelchair came to the bar to make his plate. His family was with him including a disgruntled looking young teenager. In the midst of making his plate, the gentleman dropped it breaking the plate and strewing the breakfast. The man looked embarrassed as did the teenage son. Surely this man had already endured his share of embarrassment. God told me to drop my plate. I didn’t do it. I should have. It has forever stayed with me. There is no condemnation I understand, but there is remembrance. Heed the nudging.

  4. Brooke says:

    Recently I made a life-changing decision – I am going to be making a 180 change and switching my career. I am currently at a good company, in a respected position, lots of potential, etc. I have a lot of respect and admiration for my bosses/the men I work with, and this company has given me so many opportunities. But, as I said, I have recently decided to leave this business and go in an entirely different direction (I am going back to school for an entirely different subject and will be basically starting over with my “career life.”)

    My nudge – which I don’t know if it is from God or from myself – is to take the plunge and tell my bosses/coworkers what is going through my head. Tell them my plans, my reasoning, etc. Logically, the best choice would be to at least get my next step (or few!) planned out/in place/nailed down/etc. Logically, I would get myself set up with another job in case my current job fires me on the spot! But I feel this overwhelming desire and push to just take the leap and talk to my bosses/coworkers before taking my next step.

    This is honestly the most foolish choice I could possibly take – and I don’t know if it’s ME wanting to “spill all,” (because of guilt/respect for my bosses/being honest with them/hoping they keep me on the team somehow!) or if it’s God pushing me to do it. I am TERRIFIED of telling them without it being something GOD is pushing me to do. But I am also TERRIFIED of NOT telling them if it IS God. All while worrying about losing my job (I am the main provider of the house). If you have any words of wisdom – please help! Thanks for your daily devotionals, by the way. They have been incredible!!

  5. Tommy says:

    ..awesome devotion…listen..obey…do immediately…

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