Get in the splash zone
'Do what God's word says. Don't merely listen to it.' James 1:22 GWT
You could easily spend a day at your favourite theme park without getting soaked by some passing flume ride. But ever noticed that they have a designated splash zone for people who want to get soaked? Positioning yourself to receive the 'soaking' makes all the difference. For example, as you read this, if you position yourself to receive by saying, 'Lord, I'll take action on what you show me,' you'll benefit much more than if you read just to get motivated or inspired.
To resist or to receive - a choice we have to make, often more than once, every day. Nothing dies quicker than a new idea in a closed mind. Every situation, if viewed correctly, is an opportunity. But opportunities can only drop into your lap if you put yourself where opportunities drop. Too often our minds are locked on one track. We're looking for red so we overlook blue; we're thinking 'tomorrow' and God is saying 'now.' We're looking everywhere, and the answer is 'right here'.
When a person is positioned correctly, they're ready to receive all God has for them. The Bible often uses the word 'simple'. The original term means 'thick, dull, and sluggish;' it means those who are insensitive and unreceptive to the thoughts of others. God will speak, but unless we listen, we won't hear what he has to say.
So what now? Get in the 'splash zone'. Or, even better, find the water cannon and stand in the way. As you listen for God's voice, be prepared to say, 'I'll take action on what you show me.'
Soulfood: Phil 1-4 Luke 22:14-23 Ps 43 Pro 10:10,