Monday, July 07, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Job 33:13-18
13 "Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings? 14 "Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it. 15 "In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds, 16 Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction, 17 That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride; 18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.
God speaks to people on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Even if we ignore his Word, we still have nature's witness; exhibit A is this piece from Ohio which you've likely already seen, where a Baptist church was hit by lightning just after the pastor had asked for a sign. We had a somewhat-comparable moment a few weeks ago. In the middle of a storm, Pastor Dave was standing on a first-row chair, expressing a desire for closeness with God. "We need more!" At that moment, the (by far) biggest clap of thunder let loose. We also have people's witness; it need not come out as a capital P-prophecy to be heard. If a godly person confirms what your thinking by unknowingly suggesting the same thing that you're contemplating, take it as a sign. For instance, I was considering taking US-35 across Ohio en route to Michigan rather than go up I-77 to the truck-laden Ohio Turnpike. It wasn't a route I had considered before. Spudlet proceeded to e-mail me that very suggestion. It was a nice, peaceful (and mostly expressway, thus faster than it looks on the map) alternative to the Turnpike, not to mention an example of a growing community within the Blogosphere. I remember an old joke about a guy about to have flood waters overtake his house. A rowboat came by; guy turned down the lift, saying that God would save him. Offers from a police boat and a helicopter were also turned down. When the guy drowned, he questions why God didn't save him. God told him He sent help three times and he turned them down each time. God can use the supernatural, but he can also use the mundane as well.

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