I’m sitting here, Dear Lord, and wondering what our conversation will be about today. I’m not being led in any direction. I need to listen today? Hmmm? How do I listen? I am not a good listener, I really am not. When my husband talks to me I find my mind wandering far, far from his voice. He’s not the only one I don’t listen to; my thoughts are constantly running a commentary all their own; only when I sleep do I stop for a while. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. My dreams are often very vivid, I find myself active and frequently talk aloud in my mind even in sleep. Rest, relax, renew, remember; are these key ingredients for listening? The Bible, Your Word, says to be still and know that I am God. I AM is God, not me. Be still in mind, body, soul, and spirit; a state in which I rarely find myself. Your instructions; be still. Am I ever still? Do I truly listen to You? No has to be the answer. Please forgive my inattention. I don’t consciously tune out. I don’t. How, tell me, help me, instruct me. Even now I am not listening to You, Dear Lord. I seek to find answers as I continue to follow the blinking cursor of my computer; isn’t this listening to my own thoughts as I type? I stare at the blinking line and pray for wisdom, guidance, direction, illumination. I remember Billy Graham saying the Bible is a set of instructions on how to live your life, or something to that effect. See, I am not sure I really listened to him fully; but it did stick in my mind; so was that message important? My attention zoomed in at that moment in time; I think I’ll seek my answer from Your Word today!
He replied, “blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 1:28
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive ourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” John 8:47
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. Mark 4:24
Master, Speak! Thy Servant Heareth!
Lyrics: Frances Ridley Havergal 1836-1879
Music: Lowell Mason 1792-1872
Waiting for Thy gracious word,
Longing for Thy voice that cheereth
Master, let it now be heard.
I am list’ning, Lord, for Thee;
What hast Thou to say to me?
Often through my heart is pealing
Many another voice than Thine,
Many an unwilled echo stealing
From the walls of this Thy shrine.
Let Thy longed-for accents fall;
Master, speak! and silence all.
Master, speak! though least and lowest,
Let me not unheard depart;
Master, speak! for oh, Thou knowest
All the yearning of my heart.
Knowest all its truest need;
Speak! and make me blest indeed.
Master, speak! and make me ready,
When Thy voice is truly heard,
With obedience glad and steady,
Still to follow every word
I am listening, Lord, for Thee:
Master, speak, oh, speak to me!
Speak to me by name, O Master,
Let me know it is to me;
Speak, that I may follow faster,
With a step more firm and free,
Where the Shepherd leads the flock
In the shadow of the Rock!