Signs

Sign Collage

Look around!  They’re everywhere!  Stop signs.  Sale signs.  Billboards.  Not just ‘man’ signs.  God did some pretty spectacular ones.  The rainbow.  The Babe in the manger.  Reversing the sun.  What?  Take a look at Isaiah 38:7-8.

Here’s the story in a nutshell.

~Hezekiah got sick.  Isaiah went to visit him and told him he was going to die.

~Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed, pointing out his righteous life.  He asked for nothing.

~God heard his prayer and gave him 15 more years.

~God said he would give Hezekiah a sign to assure Hezekiah He could and would do what He said He could.  God moved the sun’s shadow 10 notches backward on the sundial.  The near impossibility of that happening then or even now is astronomical.   Even though the people of that time believed the sun moved around the earth it was till going to be a really big event.

Are you watching for His signs?  (I’m not really referring to end times here.)  When God wants our attention He can use several ways to get it.  Working/speaking through other believers – Isaiah spoke God’s message to Hezekiah.  Motivation to pray and seek answers – Hezekiah turned to the wall, toward God in prayer.  Everyday activities, like watching television or listening to music, will start pointing you in the direction God wants you to go.  Discomfort/sickness – Hezekiah was on his death bed.  God signs are visible but we must be watching, waiting, and ready.  All we have to do is look!

Ah, Lord God, open my eyes, my ears, my heart, my mind to where You are working and what You want me to see.  Give me the ability to take all that is going on around me and see it through Your eyes.  Let me hear Your voice as I try to determine the right response.  Give me wisdom and knowledge to see it Your way.  Make it so in Jesus Name.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

I am a part of Holly Garth’s Launch Team for her new book, You’re Already Amazing.  From time to time you will see some of her work in this spot on the blog.  Enjoy it with me.  She is a very gifted writer for such a time as this.

With Jesus

You can also find this post in Pondering and Prayer.

Top Ten Most Shared Bible Verses

My memory verses

I was quite surprised to see that Christianity Today had researched and compiled a list of the top ten most shared verses of 2014.  According to this article two Bible verses are shared, through social media, around the world every second.  (YouVersion is the statistical base for this list.)

Romans 12:2

Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:6

Jeremiah 29:11

Matthew 6:33

Philippians 4:7

Proverbs 3:5

Isaiah 41:10

Matthew 6:34

Proverbs 3:6

Does it surprise you that John 3:16 didn’t make the cut?  Remember this is verses shared.  I suggest that this verse is such a basic part of the Believer’s knowledge base that knowing it is like breathing.  We don’t think about it unless we need too. YouVersion did report John 3:16 as the Most Searched Verse of 2014.

As I read through the list I noticed I knew many of these from memory…interesting.  How about you?  Did you consider this a list of already known verses from seeing the book, chapter and verse?

Blessings on blessings to you and yours!

Marie