Why is it so hard to listen? It seems we miss out on so many important things—simply because we do not listen to the words and directions offered. This becomes especially obvious as we seek God. His word is rich with hope, truth and direction. Sadly, we get so busy, so overwhelmed and so upset with the circumstances—that we literally cannot hear what the Lord is attempting to communicate.
The noise of Life is distracting, It causes even the best of listeners to miss the orchestral harmony of following the Lord and learning from him. Some ways we can lower the noise in our lives and to spend time listening to the master are:
- practice every day
- prepare your heart for the time
- lay the things causing the noise on the alter each day—and sometimes several times a day.
Only you can hear what God is trying to communicate. When you can settle down and listen you will be amazed at the volumes of knowledge you receive. Once received, then the trick is doing it. James says do not waste such great information. We need to be prepared to implement God’s plan, even if we do not necessarily like it.
Then we can experience the blessing that always follows obedience. Help me Lord to follow you, listen and do what you are telling me to do.
God Bless You
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.