Recently, I have taken a bit of a break from reading a book per week and have just been writing more and studying textbooks. I will have more reviews coming after Easter on a few books that have been recommended to me.
Also, I'm very excited about the April blog (coming out on the 1st). April's topic is something that I believe everyone needs to learn and remember! I am looking forward to seeing many people on the website that day and hopefully getting feedback!
I hope you all are having a good week with Easter right around the corner!
Max Lucado is a best-selling Christian author and pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.
In this book, Lucado shows us what the other side of the veil looks like. Lucado lives and breathes grace, and his writing is a form of grace in itself. I picked up this book and could not stop reading. Planning to read it in a week, I finished it in two days. The grace of God is the best gift we could ever ask for, so go unwrap your gift in this book. Tying my best review yet ("Live Love Lead", by Brian Houston), I give Max Lucado's "Grace" 92/100! Read it now!
“Listen to God.”
“Do what He says.”
“Follow what God tells you what to do.”
These are common things we hear people say to us when we face trouble at every side, but so often our response is the same: “I can’t hear Him!” Speak up God! Because we can’t hear you. We are lost and aren’t sure what to do or where to go. Is God even speaking to us? Is God not being loud enough? Or are we making too much noise ourselves that we cannot hear Him?
The voices and commotion of this hectic world often drown out the gentle whisper of God. We are too busy, always “Go! Go! Go!” We are always running amuck, trying to get things done but finding that we are on this treadmill of life that takes us nowhere. We work harder, yet fall further behind. Life is a constant game of catch up, and we don’t know what God wants us to do—we don’t hear His voice. Why? The problem is we are always moving, always talking, always relying on ourselves and others, stressing over what to do next. But rarely do we “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10, ESV)
Elijah had this same problem. He was looking for God’s voice. He found it, but not by asking God more or by God speaking up, but rather in a whisper:
“A great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
1 Kings 9:11-13 (NIV)
The voice of God is found in a gentle whisper. Even in prayer and in church, we tend to do all the talking. But what if you sat in the silence, in the presence of the Father, away from the commotion of life, and let Him whisper? What if your prayers consisted more of listening to the whisper, basking in His presence, just as much as they do of you speaking to God? You cannot hear a gentle whisper in the midst of your loud lifestyle. God is not found in the loud wind, shattered rocks, earthquake, or fire. Stop running. Stop talking. Stop stressing. Ask God to lead you, put the endless race on pause, and be still, and hear the gentle whisper.
Hunter Kallay, author of "Plug in Your Life." He is a Christian leader and speaker.