Finding God Daily

Linda Evans Shepherd

I’ve started a delightful new practice, I’m finding God daily by reading Jesus Calling, a daily devotinal by Sarah Young.

Sarah is a missionary to the Japanese in Australia and over the years, she’s developed the practice of listening for God’s voice, then writing down his messages to her.  Now she’s sharing these delightful messages with over a million readers.

Her readers are wild about her book.  An 80-year-old grandmother recently told me, “You don’t know how this book has helped me.  I’d felt so alone, but now, after reading this book daily, I hear God gently whispering to me, ‘I am with you.’  For the first time in my life I feel close to God.”

CBN reports, that Sarah has explained the process of dialoging with God was a little awkward the first time she tried it, but she did receive a short message. She said, “The content was biblical, and it addressed themes that were current in my life: trust, fear, and closeness to God. I responded by writing in my journal as usual; at that point my journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. Day by day, messages began to flow more freely. This new way of communicating with God became the high point of my day. I knew that my writings were not inspired (as only Scripture is), but they were helping me grow closer to our living Lord.”

But Sarah shares some cautions to others who want to start the practice of listening for God’s voice, “It’s essential to remember that the Bible is the only infallible record of God’s speaking. Always subordinate your personal listening to absolute biblical truth. If something you “hear” is inconsistent with biblical teaching, don’t write it down–it’s not from God. New Christians, especially, need to be cautious about listening to God in this way. I had been a Christian for 20 years before I began this practice.”

That is great advice.  But we also need to remember that it’s okay to listen for God’s voice; after all God taught us to be still and know him. (Psalm 46:10).

And that’s what Sarah always leads the readers to do as they read, pray, and look up the Scriptures she references.  Reading this book will set you on the journey of finding God daily. (Matthew 28:20).

To watch the book trailer for Jesus Calling, click below:

To read the original source of the CBN article, click HERE.

 

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  1. Charlotte Adelsperger says:

    Linda,

    You wrote an inspiring and informative article about the devotional book, JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young. I’m glad you held up Sarah’s message that she constantly turns to the Holy Bible, the Word of God as her source. Many people are discovering that they are “Finding God Daily” as you call this site, because God is truly pursuing them in unconditional love.

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