This week's devotion is centered around Matthew 2. Karen Kingsbury tells the story of a girl who travels home from college in the midst of a horrible storm. God speaks to her by urging her to stop and eat. In the end, we learn because she listened to God's urging, she avoided a deadly accident.
In Matthew 2, we learn how God appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee Egypt. God knew that Herod planned on killing Jesus as soon as he was born. Joseph listened and saved Jesus from dying right after he was born. After Herod died, God once again appeared to Joseph in a dream. He told him to return to the land of Israel. Joseph listened. Matthew 2:23 says "So they went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophets concerning the Messiah: "He will be called a Nazarene."
What is God trying to tell you to do? Are you listening? Think of how differently our world would be today if Joseph didn't listen and stayed in Egypt. Think of how differently the life of the girl Amy from the story mentioned above would be if she wouldn't have stopped for something to eat.
I believe God is constantly whispering in our ears what we need do, where we need to go and how we need to live our lives. (Just be sure to know what His voice sounds like so you can hear him loud and clear.) It's amazing how if you really look around you, God is closing doors for you and opening the next. Looking back at my son's journey through autism since his diagnosis 7 1/2 years ago, I can see where God has purposefully closed doors for us so that the next one can open. Therapists who moved away and couldn't work with my son opened the door for the next therapist to come in and help him master out goals that only she could have done. Doctors who stopped taking our insurance closed the door for a therapy that God wanted us to stop doing but opened an incredible door to one that will provide more gains.
We have to listen for His guidance. He's trying to help each and every one of us. The first step in all of this is to know His voice. Spend time with Him. Read your Bible. Even if it's for five minutes each day. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to hear God's voice.
I trust in you, O Lord; I say "You are my God." My times are in your hands.....Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. -Psalm 31:14-16