There are times in our lives – and in the life of a Church – when we really, really need to hear from God… when we really need an answer from Him. Those are critical times before making a decision to discern what God is doing and what God wants us to do. We often call that coming to a crossroads or a fork in the road. When you see the road split and you’re not sure which way to turn, you have to make a decision. You have to decide which way to go, which way to turn.
Right before Jesus ascended into heaven in the first chapter of Acts, the apostles and other disciples were told to stay in Jerusalem until they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Although you and I know that day happened on Pentecost (in Acts 2), at this point in time for these believers, they really, really needed to hear from God. Their entire world had just been turned upside down! Jesus had ascended into heaven. Imagine their consternation. “What does God want us to do now? How long do we have to wait here? What’s supposed to happen now that our Lord has left us here? Were the past 3 years just a fluke, a fading memory to forget?” What did they do to hear from the Lord? The answer is in v14: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” (Acts 1:14) They prayed. Constantly so that they would hear from God. Are you at a crossroads in your life where you really need to hear from God? PRAY. Constantly.
There are many more examples in Scripture of people who really needed to hear from God. On of these was Moses. At the burning bush God was calling him, but Moses wasn’t listening. Moses had this tug-of-war with the Lord because he didn’t want to do what he was being asked to do – go back into Egypt… confront Pharaoh… and bring the Israelites out in the Exodus. Moses really needed to hear what the Lord was saying. He really needed to grasp the Lord’s will and submit to it, even though every fiber of his being wanted to resist and say “NO!”. God was speaking, but Moses was resisting. He was at a crossroads. This could be the crossroads where you are personally in your life, or where we’re at collectively as a church. Are you not listening? Are you resisting what God is calling you to do?
“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”(David, Psalm 4:1)