I’ve always found it fascinating that God calls us into the desert from time-to-time. David, Moses, Elijah, Jacob, and of course, Jesus. All called away from their places of “ministry”, all called out into a place of nothingness, all called to walk closer with God.
God needs our attention, and sometimes, in order to get it, he removes everything else. Cars, cell phones, email, txts, stubborn donkeys and demanding crowds, he takes us away from them all in order to speak. Some of us, we love those times of quiet, of peace and reflection. We long for them, sometimes in unhealthy ways. Others, well, others hate those quiet times, those inner reflections. We love our cars, stereos, smart phones and the buzz of the crowd. We all have to learn what it means to be alone with God in healthy, productive and meaningful ways. Sure, some of us get away with God on a regular basis, but we do it because we have to, not because we want to. While others never feel the need, never feel the pull to spend time solely in God’s presence.
Both types lose out. The first lose because they don’t enter into God’ presence with joy or expectation, only thinking about the duty and the chore. The second lose out because they don’t know what they’re missing.
Jeremiah 33:3 says: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” God’s desire is to speak directly to us, and to tell us great things! How many times, as a pastor and a friend, have I heard people lament that they do not know what God wants, or where God is, or what God is doing. Yet when I read this scripture, I find God very openly saying he wants to share with us his answers, his direction, his plans and his secrets. The real question becomes, how hard and how earnestly are we calling out to him? Are we in a place, physically, emotionally and spiritually, where we can hear him?
The leadership here at PEMC has its annual Leadership Summit this coming Saturday. A time for us to get away as leadership and try to hear God clearly. To seek his face, to call out to him, and hear what he has to say in return.
When was the last time you set time aside to hear from him. Not because you had to, but because you wanted to. God love you very much, and he desperately wants to speak with you.