Don’t limit God to fit in the way that you think that He is going to speak, because just about the time that we think we have Him figured out, He will oftentimes speak to us in another way. God wants us to be in tune with him, and not just in tune with one of the ways that He gives those words.
Elisha instructed the young man to go back to the place where he last knew he had it. There, at that spot, God gave the young man the tool he needed. Sometimes, Duncan said, we momentarily lose our axheads—our best cutting-edge tool for ministry, which is the clear voice of God. It helps to go back to the place where we last knew we had heard the sharp edge of God’s voice.
Today, I no longer try to be good; instead, I am only concerned with doing God’s bidding. What He commands, I do. Now my personal life is more conformed to His righteousness and character than it used to be. Following His commands does not leave much time for sin.
I realised that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.
The Cross didn't just happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is 'the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world'...The Cross is the centre of time and of eternity, the answer to the enigmas of both. When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway.
His joy is His fellowship with His children. He is a Father. He is the Father after whom all fatherhood is named. And the Father loves His children. He longs to fellowship with His children, to play with His children. To laugh and dance, sing and talk with His children.