LEARNING TO LISTEN…


Spiritual Blog - Listening

Isaiah 30:21 – “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”  NKJV

            Too often we fail to listen!  We hear but we do not listen.  We do not listen to each other, we do not listen to what is being said because too often we are thinking about what we are going to say next rather than actually listening.  We do that in our daily lives and we do it with God.  I have gotten into trouble more times than I care to remember because of this flaw and work on it constantly to develop HEARING EARS!   My wife, probably correctly stated, says I have “selective hearing.”  I confess, there are times when I tune things out either because I think I know what is going to be said,  I am disinterested, or did not get the full gest of the conversation initially and rather than interrupt and ask questions I just nod and pretend.  I answered questions wrong as a result of that to the delight of many around me and to my great embarrassment.

            Yet, when it comes to God we need to LEARN TO LISTEN and develop ears that are highly attuned to the Voice of the Spirit of God and the Word of God.  If we do then this promise becomes not only a benefit but a refuge at all times and not just in a time of danger or potential trouble.  It becomes a confidence!  It becomes a source of faith!  It enables us to develop a trust relationship with the Lord that can come in no other way than having HEARD HIM and then OBSERVED HIM FULFILL what He declared.  A few times of that and you will develop a keen desire to HEAR GOD!

            Many have been the times when I wanted to hear from God but allowed the noise surrounding me to become so loud with the clutter, fretting, fear and anxiety that I could not hear what He was saying.  I contend that GOD IS ALWAYS SPEAKING but we are NOT ALWAYS HEARING!  God from Genesis to Revelation is a SPEAKING GOD!  He “spoke” and the Worlds were framed.  He “spoke” and blind eyes were opened, deaf ears unstopped, lame limbs regained strength, and the dead came back to life.  HE SPEAKS and it is our responsibility to LISTEN and HEAR what He is saying!  He is not just speaking to hear his gums rattle, he has a purpose!  He NEVER talks just to talk.  He SPEAKS because there is something to be HEARD.

            So I encourage you to remember the words of our Lord Jesus when He said, “My Sheep hear my voice and they know Me.”  Sheep respond to only their master’s voice because they recognize that voice and it is not something that happens naturally it is a learned process.  That applies to us as well with the Lord.  Through the years, I have learned HOW I HEAR GOD through finding out HOW I DO NOT HEAR GOD.  It has been through making mistakes I have learned something about truly hearing Him.  I recognize the COUNTERFEIT by recognizing THE REAL!

            Therefore, as you go through the day may you HEAR that still small voice of the Lord and follow Him.  Blessings!

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