This older fellow bought himself a new car with many new devises. Edwin was amused to hear the soft female voice gently remind him that his seat belt wasn't fastened. ... Edwin affectionately called this voice the 'little woman.'
He soon discovered his little woman was programmed to warn him about his gasoline. 'Your fuel level is low,' she said one time in her sweet voice. ... He figured he still had enough to go another fifty miles, so he kept on driving. But a few minutes later, her voice interrupted again with the same warning.
And so it went over and over. Although he knew it was the same recording, Edwin thought her voice sounded harsher each time. Finally, he stopped his car and crawled under the dashboard. After a quick search, he found the appropriate wires and gave them a good yank.
He was still smiling to himself a few minutes later when his car began sputtering and coughing. He ran out of gas! Somewhere inside the dashboard, Edwin was sure he could hear the little woman laughing.
As Christians, we have the "still small voice" of the Holy Spirit speaking to us, and at times checking us or directing us. How important is it to pickup on His voice above all others; hear and then adhere to His words?
We saw a church's yard sign this past week that read: "SUCCEED AT HOME FIRST". The family is just about the place that I want to succeed the most. In fact, I feel that if I fail here, my life will be a failure in spite of anything else that I might accomplish, and if I can succeed here, it will somehow atone for other failures in my life. My most often and fervent prayer is that I will be a successful father and grandfather. For a while fathers can make decisions for their young children, but there will come a time when life requires it of them to process information placed before them, and make their own choices. To train our children in this matter, is nothing less than sharing with them how we consider the 'still small voice" in our life choices as we study God's ways and pray. If our children are made aware of family circumstances, even family problems, and then see how we lean on the Holy Spirit in our decision making to solve problems, this is training. And this just may be the greatest accomplishment a father could strive for. We want none of ours to deal with God in the way Edwin dealt with his monitor; but we want ours to always keep the connection with the Lord unbroken.
"He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left." 2 Kings 22:2
Our Prayer today: "Lord, help us to always listen to Your voice, obey You, and then train our children to do the same."
God bless you and yours today, and please know that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!