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This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 2 CORINTHIANS 13:1

I was struggling, wondering if God had changed His mind about the calling He had given me. Numbers 23:19 rose up from my memory  —it declares that because God is not a man, He neither lies nor has any need to change His mind. 

So I printed the verse and taped it above my desk, perhaps trying to convince myself that it must be true in my situation. Every day  —no, numerous times a day  —I stared at the verse and repeated it emphatically to myself and to God, in case He needed any reminding about it. As the verse implies, He has never made a promise and not carried it through.

Yet, I had to keep reminding myself that God is faithful even when visible circumstances seem to indicate otherwise. A few days later, when I was struggling again, I asked some friends to pray and see if God was saying anything to them for me. 

They offered some encouraging words, and then one said, “I feel as if God wants you to know that He is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind.” 

I was floored. Not surprised, just blown away by the confirmation. God spoke directly to my heart through a friend who knew absolutely nothing about the struggle within my heart.

God is not reluctant to confirm His words to us, nor is He put off by our asking. A multitude of requests may indicate a lack of faith, but a sincere appeal for confirmation does not. His Word requires that accusations be confirmed by two or three witnesses; the same principle can apply to our hearing and our insecurities about it. Has He really spoken? 

Ask Him. He’ll say it again.

Lord, thank You for Your patience, not only to speak to dull ears like mine but to repeat Yourself when I’m not sure about what You said. I’m so grateful that You aren’t focused on my imperfect hearing; You’re focused on helping me understand.

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