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Monday, January 30, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Dilemma Of Obedience"

January 30, 2012

And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
1 Samuel 3:15
God never speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy
to misunderstand, and we say, "I wonder if that is God's voice?"
Isaiah said that the Lord spake to him "with a strong hand," that is,
by the pressure of circumstances. Nothing touches our lives but it is
God Himself speaking. Do we discern His hand or only mere occurrence?
Get into the habit of saying, "Speak, Lord," and life will become a
romance. Every time circumstances press, say, "Speak, Lord"; make
time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline, it is
meant to get me to the place of saying, "Speak, Lord." Recall the
time when God did speak to you. Have you forgotten what He said? Was
it Luke 11:13, or was it 1 Thess. 5:23? As we listen, our ear gets
acute, and, like Jesus, we shall hear God all the time.
Shall I tell my "Eli" what God has shown to me? That is where the
dilemma of obedience comes in. We disobey God by becoming amateur
providences - I must shield "Eli," the best people we know. God did
not tell Samuel to tell Eli; he had to decide that for himself. God's
call to you may hurt your "Eli;" but if you try to prevent the
suffering in another life, it will prove an obstruction between your
soul and God. It is at your own peril that you prevent the cutting
off of the right hand or the plucking out of the eye.
Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide
before Him. If you ask advice, you will nearly always side with
Satan. "Immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood."

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