Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Are we listening or are we talking?

Be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them.

Luke 8:18 NLT

As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut!....he is in heaven, and you are only here on earth. So let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 NLT

Wow! This word really hit me today. I have been in a Bible study about hearing God’s voice for about 7 weeks now, but today this word really got my attention. Just look at the instructions in both verses. First of all are we even paying attention or are we too distracted by too many other things. Are there things we need to change about our life so that we can more effectively pay attention? I know that I can be too busy and too involved with many “good” things that I miss His instructions. Secondly, if we are paying attention do we expect to hear from God and do we plan to obey it? Or are we too busy talking to hear? The verse said those who are open to my teaching will receive more understanding. I think we all want more understanding but we don’t want to have to be open or obedient unless it falls into our plans, not His. Just the reminder of the consequence if we don’t listen was enough to get my attention. It says even what we think we have will be taken. Aren’t you so glad that God gave us His word so that we would know Him and know what He wants from us? Remembering that He is in heaven and we are on earth and that His plans are better than our plans. Just that fact that He is willing to speak to us and wants to be in a relationship with us is huge. Imagine the creator of the universe wants you to listen and wants to give you understanding. So this week why don’t we try to listen, open ourselves to His teaching, and let our words be few as we expectantly wait to hear and obey His word. We should be listening for Him as much as we are talking to Him.

Prayer~

Lord thank you that you want to be in relationship with us and that you love us so much you want to give us understanding. Help our words to be few this week as we patiently sit back and listen for you to speak to us.

Amen

God bless,

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