Hearing come as a command required more action on my part.
It is possible to call while sitting, standing still, lying down or even turning our back on the person being spoken to. However, to come requires forward motion with intention. Moving toward, advancing and approaching are actions. Each of these responses also involve submitting to God’s request. This is a choice.
As humans we can obey or not. However, the promise to learn great and mighty things we know not of from the King of the Universe are for those who say yes to His call.
Intrigued by the subtle shift in my personal message I quickly sought the dictionary for the definition of come. Merriam-Webster 2 included a fascinating list including but not limited to:
The complete definition of the word come includes many more verbs.
The list above was especially meaningful to me as we are in a season of transition. There are many great promises we have already received but they are not without cost.
Life is full of choices as was stated earlier. We always have a choice. Will we come or go? Stay and implement a course of action or wait for instruction? Listen, obey and follow the leading of Holy Spirit? Seek Jesus for His preference for us or blaze our own trail without His direction, consent or wise counsel?
I ended that morning on my knees saying “Yes, Lord, Your servant is listening. What would you have me to know? I have come to wait before You to receive instruction. Help me understand what You want me to know.
“And after I have come, waited, listened and learned please help me carry out every step to be in Your good and perfect will. In Your mighty name Jesus — help me be effective and to step out quickly. Help me be like the servants at the wedding I Cana when Your mother said “whatever He tells you to do, do it.”
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Donna Turpin shares teaching on Christian love and praise through Prepare Love Praise (R) Ministries NFP. Her articles are often modern day parables bridging Biblical truth with issues of our daily lives. She and her husband Tom lived in the rural Midwest till moving to the Charlotte area.