God calls people by name, “Moses, Moses!” (Exodus 3:4), “Abraham, Abraham!” (Genesis 22:11), and “Simon, Simon” (Luke 22:31). And when God uses the “double call,” He has something vitally important to say.
When God called Moses this way, it was from a burning bush. God told Moses He had seen the agony of His people and heard their cry. God said He knew of their suffering and was going to deliver the Israelites from slavery to a place “flowing with milk and honey.”
Do you long to hear God acknowledge your suffering, to know He has heard your cries of desperation? Do you dream of being delivered from habits of worry, as if your mind were enslaved to torment? Oh what bliss to live in a place of peaceful thoughts and soothing moments, knowing all your needs will be met by a God who calls you, “His.”
When God called, “Abraham, Abraham,” it was to stop Abraham from slaughtering his own son. And God’s voice came just in the nick of time. The wood was on the altar, Abraham’s son was bound, and the knife was in his hand. God not only stopped Abraham, He provided another way.
What if you were about to make a monumental mistake in your life and God stopped you just in the nick of time? What if you had learned to lean in, cup your ear, and listen for His voice? We are faced with crossroads daily, critical decisions to be made, which way do we go? Jobs, marriage, divorce, parenting, friendships, health.
“Simon, Simon,” Jesus said to Simon Peter, as a warning. Peter thought his faith could withstand any attack but Jesus told him that Satan had “demanded” to have him and before the day was over Peter will have denied knowing Christ, three times. Peter heard this warning plainly, but quickly forgot when later he did just what Christ had predicted. In the midst of Peter’s denial he looked up to meet his Lord’s gaze, then he remembered. Peter’s shame was paramount.
How many times has God tried to warn us? Called to us in the middle of our brazenness as we plow ahead forgetting the world is full of danger, traps, evil. Don’t we get prideful and say, “That won’t happen to me,” only to later wish we’d recalled and taken heed of the warnings?
God hasn’t stopped calling people by name. He is calling you. Just like Moses, He wants to express His willingness to take care of you. Just like Peter, Jesus wants you to hear the warnings so that when your eyes finally meet His – there will be no shame.
How can you hear God? You don’t have to look for a burning bush or build an altar – all you have to do is read His Word. Recently there has been a color coded study Bible created to help you locate, on the pages, exactly when God is speaking. This isn’t a new version, eventually it will be available in your favorite version. Just as a “red letter” Bible has all of Christ’s words in red, the “God Speaks Bible,” using the same premise, has all of God’s words highlighted.
You can get this exciting new tool, help promote the reading of God's Word and encourage people to learn how to hear God's voice. Operation Light Force (OLF) is a ministry devoted to equipping people to do what Jesus did, setting captives free, healing and preaching. Richard Mull is the President and Founder of OLF and the General Editor of the God Speaks Bible. Richard has experienced the intimacy of hearing God when He calls; he wants to help others hear Him as well. Won’t you come along side this movement, hear God call your name, and help others do the same?
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