What’s God been saying to you lately? Anything? I feel confident the answer is yes. Now whether we’re tuned into His frequency is another story. We have to slow down and settle ourselves to hear from Him. He tells us to,
Be still and know I am God…” [Psalm 46:10]
When was the last time you were still? If your world is like mine, you have to get up pretty early in the morning to find time to sit still and listen. The good news is when we do, we’re in good company [Mark 1:35]. We have to be still because the Lord will not battle for our attention.
I used to teach kindergarten. I had twenty-nine five year olds in my classroom and I loved it. We were a mass of organized chaos. To the outsider, it looked like bedlam, but I knew what was going on in each area of the classroom, in spite of the roar. I found it quite comical the day I had to teach with laryngitis. I wasn’t sick, I simply lost my voice, so I still came to work.
I whispered all day. At first, the students were as loud as normal, until they realized I was speaking and they couldn’t hear me. We were always having a wild and crazy adventure in my class, so my students wanted to hear what I had to say. They all got extremely quiet and as the day went on, our classroom sounded more like a funeral home than a kindergarten classroom because everyone chose to whisper on their own. They didn’t want to miss an opportunity to hear what I might say.
God will not scream over the masses to cause us to listen. On the contrary, He speaks is a quiet whisper so those who hear are those who truly seek Him [1 Kings 19:12]. To make sure we don’t miss Him, we, too, have to quiet ourselves and listen intently.
So, I ask you again, what is He saying to you today?
For me it was simple. With the Superbowl coming up in a couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of attention focused on New Jersey and the steps they’ve taken to prevent and/or tackle sex trafficking in their area. There aren’t any cold, hard numbers to support the influx of trafficking during Superbowl to the host city. However, several survivors have told me their quotas would increase any time there was a major sporting event or big convention; any event that pulled in large numbers of people. It’s not rocket science, just basic statistics.
This has been heavy on my heart as I’ve read the various news reports about preparation. This morning, as I was settling in to have my time with the Lord, asking Him what He had to say to me, I heard in my spirit,
It’s no different than the large groups of people who want to help the homeless and the hungry at Christmas. Those people are homeless and hungry the other 364 days of the year, many people just fail to engage then.
The issue of sex trafficking in America is an issue 365 days a year, no matter what sporting event is or isn’t being played. People are cashing in on the attentive audience with the hopes of raising awareness. We need to remember the people and organizations willing to donate supplies and/or financial contributions to support the fight to recognize the need is ongoing. To fight this evil and wipe it from our nation, it will take everyone doing something more than once. It will take people working consistently over time.
If there are an estimated 27 million globally caught in human trafficking, it’s going to take more than a few well meaning individuals and 501c3 organizations to fight back. It’s going to take you.
That is the message I heard from the Lord this morning. Do you care to share what He’s saying to you? I’d love to hear from you.
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