Thursday, July 23, 2015

Your ears shall hear.

“Risikili” – Part 7 – Your ears shall hear.      

 We continue with RiSiKiLi−
                       You know− Read it, study it, know it, live it. 

How’s your Bible time going? Are you getting to know your Creator through His Book?

God’s plan for each of us is that His Word be a guide for life each day. It can be described as a road map, in instruction manual, or a recipe for life.

Without It, how can we maintain spiritual strength, wisdom, and knowledge day to day? How can we otherwise know where to walk, at what pace, when to stop, and where to turn? When we’re walking in the way of God, we’ll have ears to hear Him direct our paths.

I love the encouragement of Isaiah 30:21: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”   

The only way for us to have the ability to hear God speak on a regular basis, is to get to know Him personally. This we do through His Word−His provision to mankind for this purpose. 

Someone might say, “Well, one time God spoke to me out of the blue when I wasn’t even saved and I was certainly not reading a Bible.” Yes, that can happen. 

An example might be when a person is about to make a decision such as going through the door on the right vs. the door on the left. This might be a soldier in an urban combat situation. God can do a sovereign work and speak clearly to him and say, “It’s the left door. Go in.”

As I said, this may be a sovereign act of God as He sees fit at that moment. Perhaps He’s answering the prayers of the young man’s mama or grandpa, down on their knees interceding for their precious loved one.   

Bottom line: It’s important for us to learn to let God show us the way through life. His Word can illuminate our path—we need to turn on the switch by reading it.
We don’t know what may be around any corner—God does. We can’t see the snares and pitfalls—God can. We don’t know the final outcome of any situation—God knows (Isaiah 46:10).   


Reading and studying our Bibles, builds trust in the One who gave us life. Knowing and trusting Him, allowing His Word to light our path, and living it out—Risikili—leads us into and through a life of upmost abundance. At the end of it we’ll hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”    

What are you doing to get to know your Creator better? Are you consistent in Bible study?  

Please leave a comment telling me and other readers how your Bible has helped you get to know God better. Also tell of a time when God gave you an answer or an instruction as a result of your Bible reading/study. 

Here’s an example from me: One morning my Bible reading included Proverbs 3:27, Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. 

As I read, I had an immediate thought, “You need to give Dianne the money for that dress.” I knew it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me!  

About a month earlier, I agreed to buy a dress from a friend. She had purchased it and then decided the color didn’t work with her red hair. As it happened it was one of my favorite colors to wear. She handed it over and said, ”No rush on paying. Whenever is fine.” 

I took her at her word and though I didn’t forget, I simply didn’t think about paying her at a “convenient time.” Then when I read that proverb, I knew I needed to take care of business. I made it a priority and her the money the next time I saw her. I also enjoyed telling her about God telling me to pay up.  

Though that occurred many years ago, I smile every time I think about it and she probably has no recollection of the occasion. 

If you’re not consistently in the Word, I encourage you start today. Then watch out for God speaking to you—often in an unexpected way.   
Feel free to record your decision to begin doing so and see it as a commitment to your Heavenly Father.  
May God richly bless your personal Bible time.  

© Connie Wohlford
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  1. I love this. I teach in acrostics. It helps me remember. This is so wonderful.

  2. Thanks, Cherrilynn. I've used Risikili for many years-- makes sense to me.

  3. Great post, Connie! I've been amazed at how many times a decision or event during the day causes me to remember something I read in Scripture that morning. He speaks so personally to us.

    1. Yes, Sherry--It's amazing. Thanks for your comment. "O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill
      And to Your dwelling places." Ps43:3

  4. There were a couple of verses that God used to help me after I had stumbled. (both physically and spiritually) I had been questioning my own reasoning abilities at the time. I knew I had messed up, but God helped me to know I could do better in the future. The verses were Proverbs 4:11-12: "I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble" (NKJV). I knew what I needed to do as a result of reading this verse, and I knew God would give me wisdom to do it. So His Word guided me as you talked about. I also learned some about the compassionate nature of God and that He gives us second chances.

    1. WOW, Katy. Thanks so much for sharing. God is always faithful.