Saturday 30 July, 2016

Acts 16:11-15

11 At Troas we got into a boat. We sailed straight for Samothrace. The next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony. It is an important city in that part of Macedonia. We stayed there several days. 13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate. We walked down to the river. There we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered together. 14 One of the women listening was from the city of Thyatira. Her name was Lydia, and her business was selling purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to accept Paul’s message. 15 She and her family were baptized. Then she invited us to her home. “Do you consider me a believer in the Lord?” she asked. “If you do, come and stay at my house.” She succeeded in getting us to go home with her.

Here we find Paul and the apostles travelling from place to place as the Lord leads, spreading the good news. What strikes me is the way Lydia steps closer to Jesus. The NLT says in v14, “As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.”

There are many things God calls us to and many ways in which we draw near to Him. One way which we can’t overlook, is to simply sit and listen. Whether it’s being still in church, sitting and listening to a wise friend or mentor, or simply sitting in our quiet time to hear the still small voice of God; sitting and listening allows God to open our heart and accept what He is saying.

Lord, You are a great communicator, and You love to speak to us. Thank You that You speak in ways big and small, and that Your sheep hear Your voice. I confess that sometimes I expect to hear from You when I’m rushing through life and not giving You the time of day, or when I’m serving fervently without stopping to think about You. I am sorry for this. Please help me to take time to stop, listen, and hear from You, so that I may draw nearer to You each day.

Written by Matt Samperi

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