let the wise listen and add to their learning, Proverbs 1:5a (NIV)
In Christianity today, there is a lot of asking going on. We are admonished to bring our petitions before the Lord and I think most of us do that amazingly well. While some of us might only bring what we consider to be the "big stuff" before the Lord, I suspect that many of us have emitted the familiar cry of, "Help me, God!" in times of need even with the "small stuff". Most people seem to be pretty good about asking, telling and that sort of thing. I'm not so sure, however, exactly how good we are at ... listening.
In all honesty, unless I concentrate on doing it, I am not a good listener. Sigh... I'm a talker. I am however, married to a listener which is a good thing, LOL! He has taught me a thing or two over the years about listening. I believe some of it has penetrated my thick skull and I am a better listener than what I used to be.
In regards to our relationship with God are we a listener or a talker? Now there is nothing wrong with talking... sometimes. However, there are many times when I find that's all I am doing. I ask, talk, or whatever!
If you are talking or thinking about what you are going to say; you are not really listening.
If you don't believe me, try this experiment. Have someone tell you about an incident in detail. As they begin to tell you about it, start thinking about a story you will tell them after they finish the story... perhaps their story reminds you of another story so start thinking about what you are going to tell them after they are finished. Now, after they have finished, retell their story back to them... don't just it using a sentence or two. Put in the details. Can you do it? If you think you did, ask the person what sort of job they think you did.
I think we do that with God a lot. People often say they do not hear from God. They listen but... He doesn't "talk" to them meaning they never experience feeling the clear direction of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps... perhaps it is because we are talking so much that we fail to listen.
May we all learn to be still and listen!
Good blog... ...I am almost positive that every person who tried to repeat a story in detail would fail... ... .I would... ..I never thought that I might be doing that to God... .I will be thinking about that.
Well...it isn't a problem I have ever had but I can understand how you would find it difficult!
A wise old owl sat in an oak, the more he heard, the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard, now all should heed that wise old bird
I wonder why I can remember that from more than 40 ..oops..sigh..50 years ago?
Lord help me listen AND remember!
There are words that are spoken endlessly, that never find direction. While the silence of God overflows with meaning. For even the universe in it's quietest times screams His is existence. Yet, in the moment of the loudest noises, peace, is His reign, in the cries of His children.
Thanks, your sharing didn't go void. I needed the insurance to silence. Tim