“I will hear what God the LORD will speak, For He will speak peace, To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.” Psalm 85:8 NKJV
There’s no mistaking.
These words are true.
They fit our journey-path-today exactly.
And I trust in the promise.
And I will heed the warning.
More than anything we want God’s guidance.
We want to walk exactly as He is calling us.
For both His scripture and His past faithfulness has taught us:
it brings peace.
To hear what God will speak means
Listening is an action verb.
It requires effort.
It requires time.
And God isn’t a vending machine.
I don’t stick in my coupon which reads:
1 hour of prayer equals answer to question
and get a dispensed coupon with the answer I’m looking for.
Just the tiny understanding I have of Him requires me to be humble.
And He wants to talk with me!
Yet, my flesh, my sin, (especially fear) stand in the way.
So, I need the warning as well.
To return to folly, for me would be:
to listen to fear,
to try to get the ball rolling,
to try to figure out a plan…
Not this time.
I told my husband last night.
“We need to spend at least a week and just pray about what God wants us to do.”
What I should have said: “We need to stop investigating this and simply pray until God tells us what He wants us to do.”
It’s because all our research has come up with very complicated information which doesn’t really give us any direction.
It’s been frustrating,
and for me it’s robbing my peace.
So, it’s not a strange coincidence I read these words in Psalms.
It’s the Lord.
“I will hear what God the LORD will speak,” Psalm 85:8a NKJV
No matter how long it takes.
I’m waiting for His promise of peace, so I will not return to folly.