When God Shows Up: Insights from the Old Testament

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May 13, 2016
When God Shows Up: Insights from the Old Testament

Hey there, friends! Today, let’s dive into the fascinating stories of three individuals from the Old Testament and explore what happens when God shows up. Grab a cup of coffee, and let’s chat about God’s incredible interactions with Samuel, Jacob, and Abraham.

1. Samuel: Hearing the Still Small Voice

Picture young Samuel, a child raised in the temple, ministering in the church. God wasn’t concerned about his age; He wanted to use Samuel for a lifetime of service. In 1 Samuel 3:2-11, we witness a defining moment when God calls Samuel. Imagine Samuel hearing God’s voice but not recognizing it. How often do we dismiss that still small voice? God is persistent, continually calling us. Whether you’re a seasoned believer or new to the faith, listen closely to His gentle whispers.

“Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth.”

2. Jacob: Wrestling with God

Jacob, fearing for his life, wrestled with a man he initially thought was his enemy. Little did he know he was wrestling with God. Ever find yourself fighting against what you think is an enemy, only to discover it’s God prompting a change? Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. Just like Jacob, it’s okay to wrestle with God, but make sure you end up saying, “I won’t let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26).

3. Abraham: Welcoming an Old Friend

Abraham’s excitement at God’s arrival is palpable. In Genesis 18:1-5 & 10 & 17 & 23-24, we see him running to meet the Lord, fellowshipping, and eating together. While we may not expect God to show up at our doorstep today, Revelation 3:20 reminds us that He stands at the door and knocks. Will you let Him in? Abraham’s fellowship with God resulted in promises, revelation, and a unique friendship. As Christians, we, too, have the privilege of fellowship with God.

As we reflect on these Old Testament encounters, consider where you are in your journey. Have you heard God’s call? Have you wrestled with Him, surrendering your will for His? Are you a friend of God, enjoying sweet fellowship with Him? Let these stories inspire and challenge us to draw closer to the One who shows up in the still small voice, in the wrestling, and as a dear friend.