November 19, Saturday

christineliNote: The AMI QT devotionals for November 19-20 are provided by Christine Li.  Christine graduated from University of Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City.  She attends Remnant Church in Manhattan.

Devotional Thought for Today

Hebrews 1:1-3a: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.”

19In middle school, I gained a pen pal when one of my closest friends moved to Japan. For two years, we kept in touch by sending snail mail to each other. It was exciting to send a letter or a package to her, but the anticipation of waiting for a response was a nightmare for my insecure, teenage self. With each passing day of nothing in the mail for me, I would worry: What if she didn’t like what I had sent or shared? What if her letter to me got lost? What if she got tired of corresponding and didn’t want to continue?

Sometimes, doesn’t it feel like hearing from God can be similarly confusing? When I started getting more serious in my walk with God, I marveled when people said they heard from Him. I didn’t know how to hear Him, and I would wonder in frustration: “Have I done something that makes Him not want to talk to me? Does He even hear what I prayed? What if He’s trying to speak to me but I miss it?” Because I didn’t know what to do, the result was that I had little motivation to seek His voice.

Scripture reminds us that God has always been continuously speaking to His people. He used prophets to reveal Himself in olden times; in our days, God has spoken decisively through Christ. All the questions we yearn to have answered– whether He loves us, whether He is present, whether He has purposes and plans for us, whether He is with us– these can all be answered when we take time to consider His revelation through Jesus.

If you find yourself having a hard time learning to hear from God, don’t be discouraged. Let’s start by meditating on what He has already made plain to us. We can study the life of Christ to understand God’s character, His incredible love for us, and the promises that He will keep. As we become more and more acquainted with Him, we will start to learn and understand the messages God has for us and the world.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You have revealed Yourself to us. We want to know You better and be in constant communion with You. Thank You for revealing yourself directly through Christ and that You will always guide our hearts into Your love. Give us in Your wisdom so we can know how You want us to glorify and honor You with our lives on earth.

Bible Reading for Today: Proverbs 6-7

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