Who Comes Near To You?

Who Comes Near To You? by Kirk Hunt

And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

2 Kings 5:12 NKJV

Naaman stormed off, offended at Elisha’s response to his request.  The prophet’s promise of healing and restoration was not theatrical enough for him.  Thankfully, Naaman’s men could come near him.

Sooner, or later, you are going to respond the wrong way.  Ego, frustration or misunderstanding will lead you to make matters worse.  Eventually, you are going to miss your chance.  Inattention, urgency or preconception will lead you to walk past the opportunity of a lifetime.

Who in your life can come near and stop you from making a critical mistake of commission or omission?  Perhaps your friend will speak quiet cautions in a back room, or shout accusations at center stage.  Either way, are you willing to hear the truth from someone you trust?

It requires humility on your part.  It requires courage on their part.  Both of you must possess the wisdom to know it needed to be said and why.

“Go wash in a dirty river.  What have you got to lose?”  Who has the heart and head to stop your mistake?  Do you let folks close enough to know when or how to help? 

Naaman nearly walked away from his healing.  Someone close to him refused to remain silent.  Naaman was smart enough to listen.  How about you?

Think:      You need Godly wise people close enough to help you.

Pray:         “Lord, help me keep Your appointed helpers close to my heart and head.”

 

Copyright © March 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Hear For Yourself

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“Hear For Yourself by Kirk Hunt

 

Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee?   I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

1 Samuel 3:16–17 KJV

Read also 1 Samuel 3: 1–18

 

Scripture (1 Samuel 4:18) describes Eli as physically “heavy.”  I In my mind’s eye, I have the  image of this large, bearded man begging a scrawny little kid to give him a message from God.  Or, worse yet, threatening a scrawny little kid.  Eli, the High Priest who made atonement to God for all of Israel, needed a young boy to tell him God’s Word.

 

In the modern era, under God’s “grace and truth,” you can hear from God directly.  God speaks through your Bible.  God speaks while you spend time in prayer.  His voice is often found because of fasting.

 

Spiritual disciplines are necessary to hear God’s voice but they are not enough.  A heart that wants to hear, and is willing to listen, is also necessary.  Eli as High Priest, was familiar with the things of God.  It plain that Eli heard God, but he did not listen to God.

 

No one can listen for you.  Soft or hard, God will give you the opportunity to hear from Him.  You must deliberately plant yourself before God, then listen for yourself.

 

Think: Am I listening for myself?

 

Pray: “Lord, I am here to truly hear You.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2012, Kirk Hunt

Are You Listening?

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“Are You Listening?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:    And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

1 Samuel 25:32-33 KJV

 

The high-born lady kneeled in the dusty road. She accepted blame before the local warlord for her husband’s error. She gave gifts of freshly prepared food and fresh-cut respect. Using diplomacy, graciousness and humility, she transformed murderous intent into life-affirming gratitude.

 

Warlord David recognized his peril. His anger, even though righteous and justified, had nearly plunged him into error and sin. Even in his anger, he remained God’s man and listened to reason.

 

Nabal nearly brought calamity on not just himself, but everyone around him. Despite his churlish and foolish behavior, he received mercy in its truest form. If not for his sake, then Abigail’s.

 

David listened to Abigail. He heard the truth, wisdom and righteousness in her words. He humbled himself before God and man to call off the attack.

 

Abigail listened, in horror, to the report of Nabal’s disrespect. She took immediate action to head off imminent disaster. With a heart full of God’s wisdom and Godly humility, Abigail met blood-thirsty anger with heart-winning grace.

 

Where are you in the picture? Are you listening? If so, are you taking action based on what your hear?

 

Think: Do I listen as God intends?

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to listen to Your truth and wisdom, no matter the source or circumstance.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2011, Kirk Hunt