Standing at the mouth of the cave?

I couldn’t let this week go by without mentioning football, it’s hard to avoid it! The nation has been gripped by euphoria over this past two weeks with flags and bunting everywhere and even Mandy has watched a game! I have found it interesting observing not just the football but also seeing the emotional roller coaster that the team managers experience, from delight to frustration and disbelief, it is all there to be witnessed. The manager, in his technical area, still has a key part to play during the game, from shouting encouragement, giving specific instructions or making decisions on substitution which can ultimately change the whole course of the match. This started me thinking about how often we allow God to speak in to our daily experience of life, how often do we hear his instructions and respond with action? Let’s look at a couple of biblical examples and see how they responded to God’s voice. When Samuel heard God speak in the night, he was confused and thought it was Eli, his master, calling him (1 Samuel 3:4-5). When Abraham’s wife, Sarah heard God say that she would give birth to a son, she laughed in disbelief (Genesis 18:12). But when Elijah heard God speak, even though it was just a whisper, he got up and walked to the mouth of the cave, ready to listen further (1 Kings 19:12-15). At this important time in the life of our church it is vitally important that we are listening for God’s voice and hearing those words of encouragement and instruction. So, I have to ask myself, and I hope you will too, “What would it mean for me ‘to go and stand at the mouth of the cave’ in readiness today?” Where could I go to make time and space that I might hear God’s voice even if it came as a whisper? James 4.8 “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” If you believe God has revealed something to you that is for the church, please send me an email via Bryan