Are You Listening?

This past week I’ve been struck once again how God orchestrates our lives. He doesn’t leave the smallest detail to chance but oversees it, knowing what we need most and providing it.

God designs and oversees each detail.

I see this in Luke 1, in the account of Zacharias.
Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. ~Luke 1:8-9
Zacharias was chosen by lot to offer the incense offering—something very few priests were chosen to do. It wasn’t luck, it was under the direction of God who worked out the detail of getting Zacharias into the Temple, into the Holy Place. Yet even in that very special place, Zacharias was doing the work he was given to do.

He didn’t go in there looking for a messenger from God. He went in there to do the work that needed doing, and while he worked, God sent Gabriel to speak to him. We see this happening other times in Scripture too—remember what Moses was doing when God spoke to him? How about David and the Disciples?

I may not be working in the Temple’s Holy Place. I may not ever be a Moses or a David, and I may not be even looking to hear directly from God, but that doesn’t mean I won’t. I’m a child of God, and He’s orchestrating my life just as surely as He did theirs.

How often have you read something on just the right day—the time when you needed it most? What about a friend who says something to you at just the right time, even when they had no idea what was going on inside you? Those were not happenstance or coincidences they were orchestrated by God, timed to perfection.

God still speaks to His people in the daily routine of our lives.
The question is, are we listening?


  1. Knowing God actually cares for, has a personal plan for and speaksdirectly to me is almost more than I can comprehend. But He does and He has and it's such a wonderful thing. Love your post and the amazing picture! Prayers and hugs to you and your family :)

  2. I blogged about this exact same thing today; how God presents Himself and His plan for us, and His answers to prayer, at exactly the right time.


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