"Ummm . . . Eve . . no, no, no." So Eve did, did, did and we've beendone for since.God was oddly silent and then clearly loud.I'll admit that it bothers me a bit to know that God was with me beforeI slipped and, with all the power of the universe, watched me tumble,twist and turn on the way down, hit the bottom with a gut-wrenchingand bone-jarring thud . . . and then comes out in the cool of the day asif He had not seen it all happen. Is He really a "what's up?" God?No.
“Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage.Yes, wait for the Lord.” -- Psalm 27:14
But I don't want to wait. I want to act. I want to meet a . . . need?I
How many of us, when we are dialing a number we shouldn't know;turning into an area we shouldn't go, logging on to a website weshouldn't see, acting like someone we shouldn't be . . . say toourselves: "Wait . . . Let me ask God about this?"It's easy to say He's not speaking when we're not pausing. It's purespiritual finger-pointing to say He's not responding when we're notreflecting.I think sometimes we think we might prefer a "No . . . No . . . No . . ."wagging-a-warning finger God. And we would, of course, gently laydown our pride, sweep aside our defiance, thank Him profusely forkeeping us from falling, pledge our undying trust and obey withoutquestion. Or perhaps we would eat of the fruit; gain the knowledge wedo not need; satisfy the glutton side of our spirit and waddle into ourall-too-familiar rescue me mode.Fact of the matter is, God does wag a "No . . . No. . . No. . . " finger inour faces. We just ignore it and say we didn't hear Him. Are weactually expecting God to come sit by our bedside and read His Wordaloud to us at night?
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring