Just Say, “Yes,” to God · 3 February 2007

I believe that God speaks to us in many ways. He speaks through The Bible, His Holy Word. He speaks through others. And He even speaks to us through some nudging in our souls. He speaks to us through His Spirit in ways that will move us to action. And sometimes, he even speaks through some audible or seemingly audible way. I do not actually hear God audibly but I have heard his voice very clearly in my head at least a few times. One time, He spoke so forcefully, I had to obey. Even if it was after He told me three times (or more) to do it. The experience showed me that it is much easier to just obey right away when we hear God’s voice.

I had heard a rumor about one of my co-workers. I did not know what I was supposed to do because even though I have not had a real enemy since I was in grade school, this individual and I were not friends. We could work together but there was no love lost between us. So I wondered whether I should just laugh at the rumor or do something else.

I wish that I could say that I had love and compassion for my co-worker. I wish that I could say that I felt God’s love for this person and wanted to do what was best for him rather than laugh at his misfortune of having a rumor spread about him. Instead, I wished that I had never heard the rumor because almost right away I heard God’s voice. “Tell him that I know the truth.” I did not know whether that message would be a conviction or a comfort for this man. I did not know whether he would turn from his sin if it was a conviction or be glad that somebody else knew it was just a rumor with no foundation if that was all it was. I just knew that I did not want to give my co-worker any message from God. So I didn’t.

The first time I had a chance to tell my co-worker the message from God, I would have had to get him away from another co-worker and speak to him privately. I knew it was what God was telling me to do. Instead, I did not interrupt and told myself that I was going to wait until the time was right. Normally, I did not see my co-worker all that much but I saw him at least three times more than usual in a span of a week or so. Only a few days went by with me thinking that I would tell him when the time was right but the time never seemed right.

After a few missed opportunities, God was more insistent. He knew I would never think that the time was right so He kept bugging me. “Tell him that I know the truth,” became “Tell him,” which finally became, “Tell him. NOW!” I finally listened and sought out my co-worker. I hedged my bets a little by saying, “You might think that I am crazy but I have a message for you from God.” My co-worker was a bit shocked by the announcement but I continued, “God knows the truth.” It was all I was supposed to say. Apparently, it was all I needed to say.

I am not sure exactly what my co-worker did with the message. I do not know whether he was convicted or comforted. I do not know whether he was moved to action or not. Life went back to normal and our paths did not cross much.

I guess that it does not really matter what my co-worker did with the message from God that I gave him. For all I know, he might have thought I was crazy. I sometimes think that God is crazy for giving me messages like that. Regardless of what my co-worker thought or did, I finally did what was required of me. I finally obeyed. I just said, “Yes, Lord,” and did my job. Hopefully, next time, I will do it the first time He commands.

© 2007 Michael T. Miyoshi

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