I told a friend I would pick her up at work, bring her to my home, and after lunch, take her back to work. She was not a believer, and I prayed and waited before the Lord before going to get her until I knew He would bring good from our visit.
I recall that the days of caring for my mother during her terminal illness were too full to allow for those blocks of time I needed to be alone with the Lord. Before going to sleep at night, I would often say, "Please, Jesus, wake me up tonight to spend time with You." And He would awaken me so that I was surprisingly wide-awake.
G. D. Watson says he has been blessed all his life with a few enemies. He believed that God's command to pray for our enemies means we are to perseveringly pray for them out of a loving heart, and he recalls many times when God has led him to do just that.
In her book The Ten Commandments, Dr. Laura Schlessinger writes, "According to one Jewish tradition, after the Israelites had passed safely through the Red Sea and water crashed down killing the entire Egyptian army, angels began to sing the praises of God. But God silenced them, saying, 'My creatures are drowning and you are praising me?!?'"
Missionary nurse Edith Moules gave her life ministering to the lepers in Africa. When she returned to her home in England, she had a small cyst removed. The biopsy showed it benign, but when another growth came back and was larger, she had a fair idea of the nature of the problem. Yet she knew that if she did anything about it, it would probably bring an end to her next tour of duty. So she made preparations and once again flew off to the Congo.
One of the greatest privileges we have as Christians is the joy of sensing God's leadership, to clearly know when God is saying, "Hold it. Don't move just yet," and to receive grace to respond to a Spirit-given hesitancy, an inner red light. Other times the Spirit gives a clearness, an inner knowing, a green light that indicates, "This is the time, say those words, make that purchase...."
The Holy Spirit reveals to us what God is thinking! "God has actually given us his Spirit...so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us" (1 Cor. 2:12 NLT). Our own intellect reveals only what is humanly possible to understand, so before we open our Bible, let''s ask the Holy Spirit to be our Guide.
Roy Hession tells a second lesson God taught him in the early days of his Christian life. He had begun attending fellowship meetings regularly, and one day the leader of the gathering invited him to become the secretary of the group. He was thrilled and immediately said yes.
Roy Hession tells of a lesson God taught him as a young Christian. In his book My Calvary Road, he writes, "I saw a man walking the streets carrying sandwich boards on which were inscribed texts of Scripture--you know, encouraging ones like 'The wicked shall be turned into hell!'"