Monday August 29, 2011
How many times have I said, “Are you listening to me?” (I can hear you nodding your head.)
But today the tables were turned on me. I’m pretty sure I heard God say to me, “Are you listening?”
What does it take to really listen to God?
Focus. I think of Mary and Martha. Mary sat at His feet and listened; she was focused. Martha? She was distracted by the meal, the preparation, everything around her. Christ said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few are needed—or indeed, only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41,42).
To really listen to God, I must focus. Sit at His feet.
Recognition. In 1 Samuel 3, God calls Samuel, and Samuel doesn’t recognize Him. He’s a child working in the temple, but this is his first encounter with the voice of God. Surprisingly, Samuel even sleeps in the room with the Ark of the Covenant (v. 3), but he doesn’t recognize God's voice. Just being in His place isn’t enough; we begin to recognize a voice when we hear it over and over.
I can’t focus and listen only once in a while. If I hope to recognize when He speaks my name, I need to have consistent time with Him.
Selective hearing. I must be sure it’s His voice I’m hearing. Most of the time I listen to other people talk about God instead of listening to Him. As good as teachers and books and blogs are…they aren’t Him. His Word and His voice must be my staples.
That time? It must be with Him. Not a devotional or a book about Him or my favorite sermon tape. All of those are helpful, but nothing is like communing with the Saviour.
May I move away from what is good and step toward the Best.
Linking up today with Michelle for Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday and Jen at Finding Heaven Today for Soli deo Gloria. Click on over and come along with us!