Psalm 25:14 “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”
If only we were ready to listen. I will admit that I am guilty of talking more than I listen. Actually, I don’t talk that much, but I often analyze internally and calculate my responses; instead of simply listening to the speaker. I try not to do this, but it is my default tendency when I am not listening like I should. When I do this I miss out on the opportunity for real relationship with the speaker because I am not hearing their heart…I am filtering through what I want to communicate back to them. I am being self centered.
Jesus is ready to tell us about His mysteries but if we are too busy thinking about what we want to say, or how we want things to go, or who we want to change, then we will not be able to accept His message for us. It really is a simple concept that we should all understand–LISTEN. Learn to LISTEN. My wife would do back flips if I really grasped it. I might do it just to see that! So why would it be important to her? Because she would know that she can tell me what is really on her heart and that I can be trusted to value it and make it part of my life. She would feel loved by me if I would listen because I would communicate to her that she is worth hearing, that she is worth more than what I want to say.
The same concept applies to Jesus. It is often a one way conversation in our relationship with Him. We talk and He listens. Or maybe He tries to talk but we are talking over Him, like we know better than He does. Jesus would do back flips if we would be quiet and listen to what He says, and then something miraculous would happen–we would actually HEAR God! Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God.” Prayer is often an opportunity for us to tell God what He should do, what we want to be different, how He has not changed someone, or simply a ritual that we do without thinking. What if we entered prayer as if talking to a friend, speaking our heart, but then giving silent space in our prayers before God in which we are still before Him? What if we listened? God might sense the opportunity to share with our hearts some bit of wisdom, some bit of encouragement, some vision or understanding that we never had before and we would know it was from Him.
Our faith originated outside of ourselves anyway, so why do we feel the need to control what God has done? This is His faith that we have entered into. We are stewards of His grace, not producers of it. We receive and do with it what He has purposed us to do. We are not His authority. We need to take instruction from God, not give it. We should listen to our Creator and Friend. As David described in the Psalm above, He wants to confide in us and share with us His heart. I pray that today we would all take the time to begin listening to the One we hope in.
Romans 10: 17-17 “Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”