Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Job 33:14-18

"For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword."
Job 33:14-18


I like the stealth-assistance idea here... that we very often don't listen to God during a regular day, because we're letting other things drown out his voice. But he still wants to help, so he uses our dreams and speaks to our subconscious minds while we're asleep and can't tune him out. :) I like that God would still work to help us, even if we aren't actively listening to him... that he loves us so much that he keeps trying even when we shut him out.
How often, I wonder, do we make a bad decision or determine a certain path, and then sleep on it, only to change our minds or hearts in the morning? He works to help us focus on something besides pride and our need to be right... striving to save us from ourselves, and from destruction.
Today, maybe we can help him in his work by listening to him with our conscious minds. Let's closely examine our purpose and direction, and change them if need be. Let's work on quieting the other things in our minds that are fighting for our attention... letting go of our pride and working to resolve conflicts with others even if we have to "give in" to accomplish that. Let's also pray and talk to God about what is going on in our lives... he can help us so much more while we're awake. :)

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