Saturday, July 9, 2016

God’s in Tune - Martin Wiles

The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat. Judges 7:13 NLT

Growing up, radios were quite different than they are today. The digital world—not to mention satellites, changed everything. Now, I simply punch the scan button, and the radio automatically advances to the next clear station. 

For many years, I had to manually tune a radio to a particular station. Stations would advertise their call numbers. Finding it required turning a knob so it advanced to those numbers. Though the numbers were displayed on the dial, they were in separated increments. I knew when I was close, but I could never know I had arrived until I heard a station. Even then, I couldn’t be sure it was the right one until I heard the announcer announce the call numbers. Delicately turning the knob was necessary to arrive at just the right station. 

Digital numbers make it easy to know I’ve tuned in to the correct station. Knowing I’m tuned into God’s plan is nice as well. Gideon needed to know he was. He was sure God had instructed him to defeat Israel’s enemies, the Midianites. When God instructed him to do it with only 300 warriors, he was concerned he might have tuned in to the wrong station. Traipsing into the enemy’s camp one night and hearing a dream about a loaf of bread convinced him he had the right station. God was dialed in to his dilemma. 

Knowing God has good plans for us and is dialed in to our concerns makes life easier and more peaceful. Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit God says should hang from our life trees. But it’s not a peace only experienced when circumstances are in our favor. This peace hangs around when things are going our way and when they’re not. Gideon uncovered it when he heard a dream. 

We can live with confidence and peace when we remember God is tuned in to our needs. Nothing escapes Him, and He often gives us little clues—as He did Gideon, that He’s aware of our circumstances. 

Like a digital radio, we can tune directly to God where we’ll hear loud and clear that He knows all about our plight and is ready to speak peace and wisdom into our situations. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for being dialed in to our needs, regardless of how large or small they are.

Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Click here to order. 

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