WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS. No. 247
Tahnee was feeling very sad one day, so she took the bus to the beach.
She packed some egg and lettuce sandwiches to take with her for an early lunch.
She thought it would do her good to run on the sea shore and go swimming.
“Don’t be back late, love” Mum had said.
“Remember you have a music lesson this afternoon.”
While Tahnee was walking along the sand she saw a wonderful thing lying at the edge of the water. It was a beautiful shell! It was shaped like an ice-cream cone. It was a lovely soft fawn colour, with cream and pale pink swirls on it. Well, Tahnee really felt that this was a gift from God. She picked it up and smoothed in between her palms. It was a bit rough, but pearl shell came out of the inside of it as though it was poured silk. Tahnee took the shell home carefully wrapped in paper towels from her lunch things.
Every day Tahnee would take that shell out and stroke it, and feel the pearly inside. Then she decided to see if she could hear the sea by putting the shell to her ear. Yes, there was a soft roar from inside, rather like the sea. She listened often after that. She began to wonder if she could hear a voice inside her lovely shell. So she listened extra carefully. Yes, she thought, I can hear my name “Tahnee, Tahnee.” After that she listened to this “voice” in case some message came as well. One day she was upset because she didn’t do her homework. The shell voice was comforting to her, it seemed to say, “pretend you were sick, pretend you were sick.” It seemed a marvellous idea, so she did just that! She told the teacher at school she had been sick in the stomach and couldn’t do her home work! Tahnee thought that shell must be something special all right. It was a way of hearing from God, she thought.
Dad saw Tahnee listening to the shell after tea one night. “What
are you doing, muffin, “ he said. Then Tahnee told him all about the messages
she got from the shell. How it had told her that she was going to be a
famous writer when she grew up, and lots of other things.
Dad took her into her room and put his arm around her shoulders. “You shouldn’t listen to voices you imagine like that,” he said gently. “They are not from God, they are either your own mind or from the Evil One. When we want comfort and help the only place to go is God’s Word. It will show you Truth and everything beautiful.”
He opened the Bible and read to her:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways ac-know-ledge him [ live in His Presence ], and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
Tahnee didn’t use the shell for getting messages any more.
She put it on the desk in her room and used it as a paper weight!
Lots of people try to hear voices so they will get “guidance.”
It is a foolish practice, and can even be a dangerous one as well.
Evil spirits are only too pleased to get humans to do wrong things by giving them false messages. Our own natures are often selfish and wilful against God, that is why we do wrong things! We want to imagine messages that make out we are special and important. Tahnee should have known the voice of the shell was not from God when she thought it told her to lie to her teacher! God’ s Spirit would never do that, for God is All Good, and cannot sin.
How will you know what to do and how to act?
The wonderful Father in Heaven will tell you in His Word.
His Bible is a living, holy Word that came straight from your God to you.
“For the word of the LORD is right; and
all his works are done in truth.
He loveth right-eous-ness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” ( Psalm 33:4-6).