Listen to God’s Voice Today By Dodie Osteen

But Now is the Time

Never forget the warning, “Today if you hear God’s voice speaking to you, do not harden your hearts against Him, as the people of Israel did when they rebelled against Him in the desert.” — Hebrews 3:15

Have you ever taken God for granted? It really isn’t that hard to do. You get caught up in the busyness of life these days and, first thing you know, you miss church one Sunday “just to rest,” and then next Sunday the lawn needs mowing because it rained all week…and on and on it goes.

I can definitely relate to this, like I’m sure we all can because it is easy to get into the “comforts” of life. For me, when me and my husband moved to West Virginia, then that’s when we stopped going to church for a while and starting getting “comfortable” on Sundays. We wanted to go but we both had reservations. For me, the thought of visiting churches is very uncomfortable to me, because I want to visit different churches and sometimes you visit churches and they’ll ask you to come back but if I didn’t really think it was for us, I’m not going to say we will but I don’t want to say we wont so that’s what makes it awkward for me. Then for my husband, by me working at a church he wants to go to that church because the people are nice etc., which would make since to most but I don’t want to join a church just because I work there. It’s not a bad church but the attributes that I’m looking for aren’t really there and I’m not really sure I want to go to a church I work at unless I was absolutely sure it’s where God wants us. So “we’ll go next Sunday” did turn into about 3-4 mths (I know bad…).

Take for example the story of a family who admitted that they had “put God on the back burner” …until tragedy struck.

It came “out of the blue,” so to speak, as most tragedies do. The husband suffered a cardiac arrest on a parking lot. Paramedics worked with him and brought him back to life, but they said he would have brain damage. The family rallied around God in their time of crisis, and today this man’s brain is not damaged. In fact, he’s perfectly well. He’s in church every week and faithfully serves God.

Sometimes we think we don’t need God right now. We think we can wait until later in life. But you never know how long “later” will be or how much time you have.

I have never said “I don’t need God now” verbally but I know I definitely said it in my actions. When times get hard and a little rough I go to God (like we all do when in need) but when He fixes things it is easy to say “I’ll pray later” or “I’ll study the bible later”, and later turns into weeks. God has bought me back every time and I’m so thankful that it’s not in tragic moments. But when He do correct it is so painful and embarrassing because I feel “how could I have EVER thought I could live this life for one moment without HIM???” God is an AWESOME God and I am so thankful for being able to know Him and learning everyday that He should be an intimate part of my life and days and EVERYDAY is better when I come to Him FIRST!

Don’t wait until tragedy strikes. Serve Jesus now and for the rest of your life — then if tragedy comes, you’ll be ready for it. Meditate on and speak God’s Word every day, and act on what God tells you to do as you listen to His voice.

Father, I confess that Jesus is Lord of my life. I refuse thoughts that tempt me to harden my heart against You. I won’t wait until tragedy strikes to seek You, and I will never take You for granted. I will obey You when You speak to me.

I hope that this devotion was a blessing for you as it was to me. I pray that you take the time daily to spend with God, getting to know Him intimately. Not just asking for things but getting to know Jesus, His characteristics, who He is, just like you would if you were on a date… I’ve heard the term before “Go on dates with Jesus”, such a beautiful term. 

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God Bless,

India 🙂