The new year is a wonderful time to examine our hearts and consider our relationship with God.
Do we expect the Word of the Lord to guide us in the way forward? Are we ready for Him to do something new? Do we expect miracles and healing? Are we asking God to refine us and give us new challenges? Or have we grown complacent and settled in our ways?
We need to lay hold of the living God so that when He calls us, we’re right there in His presence and can say,
“Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:9)
A couple of years ago, after my father was treated for a stroke, I was watching over him as he slept in the hospital that night. To my amazement, he started praying in his sleep.
Over and over again, he was asking God, “What do You want me to do?”
I thought, “Dad, you just had a stroke. Isn’t it time to rest a little?” But no; he kept praying, “What do You want me to do?”
Our heart’s desire should be to hear God’s voice and go where He leads.
Zephaniah 3:9 prophesies about the Messiah, saying,
“I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”
This happened in the Upper Room. We can worship and serve the Lord with one accord. We have the Holy Spirit, filling us with His power and presence. And God delights in us!
Zephaniah 3:17 says,
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”