Read: 1 Samuel 23: 2, 4 & 10-11; Luke 6:46; Ephesians 5:10-17
Pray: Lord, show me what I must see today;
Teach me what I must learn;
Tell me what I must do, and
Make me what I must be – your Image!
Because Jesus is Lord, we must obey Him. Many people want to accept Jesus as Saviour to get away from the guilt and punishment for sin but they do not want Him as Lord and do not want to give Him authority over their lives. That Jesus is Lord and King is clear from the fact that the New Testament calls Him Lord 747 times but Saviour only 24 times. Doing what God says is not just one of a few options. It is the only option Christians have. Our Saviour is also our Lord!
The Bible teaches us that the Lord’s children, people He made anew, should live lives of gratitude (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 12:1 et seq., and Ephesians 4:17 et seq.). But, like David in 1 Samuel 23, you and I often need to make practical decisions. Ask the Lord to guide you and help you make your everyday decisions.
I always wanted to farm and I had an opportunity to do so early in life. But the Lord had other plans for me. He called me to ministry. In November 1984, at the exact hour that I was admitted as a minister, our Friesian cow died. The Lord spoke to me clearly by her death: Do not give in to the temptation to go and farm. Your farming business is dead. In time, but specifically in 1993, the Lord called Janetta and me to start the AMOS MINISTRY. The name comes from the farmer-prophet Amos in the Old Testament. The Lord started talking to us about farming again in 2002. He guided us step-by-step and made it clear that a new season was dawning in our ministry. It may be summarised by the words, the demonstration of your proclamation. By 2005 we were sure that the Lord did not want us to leave AMOS to farm, but that we had to do both. I was scared. I often thought of the cow that had died in 1984. I was scared that every time we experienced hardship, the devil would denounce me and accuse me of disobedience; that he would remind me about the dead cow and tell me that I should not be farming. I did not feel up to his accusations. I had to make 100% sure that I was doing what God wanted and not just something I felt like doing. On 21 March 2005 I made an entry in my quiet time journal. I asked the Lord to replace the cow that had died in 1984 by giving us twin calves – something that seldom happens. The Lord answered, and by the end of that year the twin calves were born. The Lord had spoken clearly and we were sure of what we had to do: AMOS and farming.
I want to encourage you to make yourself available to the Lord. Dwell before His throne with the request: Tell me what I must do. Allow Him to put new things on your agenda. Give Him an opportunity to talk to you about what He would like to do through you. Ask Him for guidance in practical issues. God still talks to His children today. He does it in various ways. If you do not know how to hear the Lord’s voice, ask AMOS and/or Christian friends. Get help and advice because God wants to talk to you. All you need to do is to get to know His voice.
You have a calling (Ephesians 2:10). Find out what it is and follow it (Ephesians 5:10-17)!
Prayer: Lord God, help me to hear Your voice more clearly and to always obey You immediately.
Dwell before the throne with this morning prayer for everyone seeking advice and guidance about important decisions they need to make. Pray that Christians in particular will be prepared and willing to do what God says. Christ is the Lord!
Pray for Africa: Focus on the agricultural community of Niger and Chad.