I think one of the most fascinating things about the Bible is how it gives us glimpses into heavenly conversations. One of the most prominent convos we were able to eavesdrop on was the conversation between God and Satan in Job 1.
Although the results of that conversation directly affected Job, as far as we know, Job never knew that God and Satan conversed about him. We do see Job question God's decision to allow him to suffer. But God never tells Job that He had a conversation with Satan about trying his faith. Job was oblivious to that heavenly conversation.
1 Kings 22 also records an interesting heavenly conversation amongst God and the heavenly hosts.
Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ “‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.
“‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.
“‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’
(1 Kings 22:19-22 NIV)
Here we see God talking with the heavenly hosts. God had decided it was time for Ahab to die. Ahab, the King of Israel at that time, hated God's true prophet and loved the lies of the false prophets. Ahab's time had run out, and there was a heavenly conversation about it that he initially knew nothing about.
However, God allowed his true prophet, Micaiah, to tell Ahab about the conversation that was held about him in heaven. Yet, Ahab choose to once again believe a lie instead of the truth. His knowledge of that spiritual conversation could have saved him, but his itching ears for false prophecy resulted in his demise.
This next example is not necessarily a record of a heavenly conversation, but it is a glimpse into what occurred in the spiritual realm. In Daniel 10, it's recorded that Daniel denied himself of choice foods for 21 days due to his mourning. Yet, the 21 days had passed, and Daniel had not yet heard from God. But verse 12 explains what was going on in the heavenly realm that Daniel was unaware of.
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
(Daniel 10:12-13 NIV)
That's crazy, right? A spiritual battle delayed Daniel's prayer from being answered. He knew nothing of this in his waiting. Action was taken in the spiritual, but there was no evidence of this in the physical. Just as with Ahab, Daniel only knew what occurred in the heavenly realm because it was revealed to him.
These heavenly conversations and occurrences made me wonder. How many times has God possibly had a conversation about me in heaven that I knew nothing about? Could there be angels fighting on my behalf in the spiritual realm that I know nothing of? Sometimes silence and the wait after prayers makes us feel like nothing is happening. But these scriptural references prove that just because we can't see it, that doesn't mean something isn't shifting.
All we can do is continue to pray and believe that God is a living and active being. God speaks and angels move on His behalf. You and I have no clue what God is doing for either one of us. But we do know that if we purposefully walk in His will, His plans for us are good and full of hope.
I'll leave you today praying that we all remember that we are limited in our knowledge and understanding as to what is happening in our lives in this earthly realm. Unless it is revealed unto us, we are clueless as to what could be on the way to us. But we don't have to remain clueless about God and His character. Stay in the Word. Stay in prayer. This way, regardless of what we can't see, we will keep our trust in the One who sees and knows all.
That's all for this week guys. Have an amazing day and week! Until next time, take care.
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