THE MERCIFUL – PART 4

Bible Reading:  Romans 8:12-17 especially verse 14

A young man who attended the mid-week service, heard the pastor speaking about hearing and obeying the Lord’s voice and wondered if God still speaks to people today.

At 10 o’clock that evening he started driving home, and began to pray, “God, if you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey”.

As he drove home, he suddenly had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. It seemed strange, but he said, “Okay God, in case that is you I will buy the milk”. It did not seem like to hard a test of obedience and he could always use the milk himself.

As he drove home, he passed a particular street and again felt an urge, “Turn down that street”. It seemed crazy and so he continued driving but then felt so strongly that he should turn back and drive down the street. He drove past several blocks, when suddenly he felt like he should stop. It was quiet area, and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something, “Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street. The house was in darkness and it looked like the people were already asleep. He felt foolish and thought that if the people were asleep and he woke them up that they might be angry with him, but he walked across the street and rang the bell. A man’s voice yelled out, “Who is it? What do you want?” The door opened and the man standing there in jeans and a T-shirt looked like he had just got out of bed. He did not seem happy to have a stranger standing on his doorstep.

The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, “Here, I brought this to you”. The man took the milk and rushed down the hallway. A woman appeared carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man followed her holding a baby. The man was crying and said, “We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk”. His wife in the kitchen yelled out, “I asked God to send an angel with some. Are you an angel? The young man reached into his wallet, pulled out all the money he had on him and put it in the man’s hand.

I have come to conclusion that as we reach out to others, hearing and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit that guidance becomes much easier. Why is this? Because you are moving in the direction that God moves – to bless others.

Questions:

What lessons can you learn from this story about the relationship between mercy and God’s guidance? Why do you think that we have mad the issue of guidance so difficult?   

Would you pray the same prayer that this young man prayed, “God, if you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen?”