The story is told of Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” The guests responded with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir.” It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Nonplussed, the ambassador leaned over and whispered, “I’m sure she had it coming.”
Well if the President could feel like that how does God feel? Millions of worshippers simply going through the motions. Sometimes caught up in everything going on around them except for what God has to say. David was in a situation we can learn a lot from. For approximately 8 years David ran from Saul. Somewhere in the middle of that time the bible says he, “said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul:.” David listened to the enemy who suggested there was but one outcome for his life if he stayed on his present course, death. This conclusion was reached not only because David listened to the enemy but when he stopped listening to God. God apparently wasn’t coming through with the type of deliverance he wanted. I guess prophet, Urim and Thumim, delivering your enemy into your hands twice isn’t what it used to be. It’s at this point, when David stopped listening to God, his options (at least in his mind) became slim. When we reach the point where we tell ourselves there’s only one thing to do under these circumstances usually that means trouble. I’m not talking about the times there’s a clear thus saith the Lord and we’ve known all along what to do, but when through frustration, disappointment, and impatience and even anger( at God) we conclude, “I have no other options.” (1 Samuel 27:1) Where are you today? In your marriage have you reached the point where you say to yourself, “there is nothing better for me?” Have you spent these last years wondering when God’s promises will become reality in your life, only to conclude ”there is nothing better for me?” Do finances, a broken heart all scream, “there is nothing better for you?” It is quite possible that we need to open our ears and hear the voice of God speaking through the positive circumstances in our lives, those ‘mini-deliverances’ if you will that speak of greater things to come. Don’t ignore what The Lord has spoken to you through His providence in your life and surely you must keep your ears open for what He says to you in His word!
“The Lord hath sworn and will not repent… Psalm 110:4″ Let’s keep our ears open