LISTEN TO HIS VOICE

 10 ” I AM the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
    Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people did not listen to My voice;
    Israel would have none of Me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own counsels.
13 O that My people would listen to Me,
    that Israel would walk in My ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
    and turn My hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward Him,
    and their fate would last forever.
16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
    and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

                             (Psalm 81: 10-16)

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A different people, a time long past.

A relevant message, the time today.

The same God, then-now-forever.

Listen and Silent. The letters are the same to form both words: Harmony.

Noise and Clamor. The letters are not the same to form both words: Discord.

 Have we heard His Voice? Can we listen and be silent to hear Him, amid the noise and clamor of our time today?

How richly He would bless us if we had all of Him in our hearts,removing our stubborn selves to allow Him to fill us.

 In our time of noise and clamor, He is still the Lord our God. He will fill us fully with Him if we but “open our mouth wide.” What comes out of our mouth, then, will be His Voice, His Words. The world in our time needs us, His adopted sons and daughters, to speak and proclaim His Truth, not in noise and clamor above the world’s but in listening silence to know how to speak before those who have not really heard God’s Voice and allowed Him entrance into their hearts.

Our time is a decisive one for Christians to take a stand and speak God’s truth. In harmony, not discord, showing His truth in our words, our actions, and our lives, we can make a difference. And we must make a difference, for the “Israel” of our time does not “walk in {His} ways.” That difference will be beyond us for our children and their children.

Listen and be silent. Hear His Voice. Ask Him to help us know how to be the difference of change to reach stubborn hearts and unknowing hearts as we, also, pray for our own hearts to be right with Him.

(Sharon G. Tate 07/05/2020 blog) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

LISTEN–AND HEAR THE LORD.

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” 1

 Do we have daily conversations with God where we make sure we are heard—but forget to listen? Are we really even conversing at all in this situation–or are we just presenting a one-sided monologue to the Lord, consisting of our personal list of requests, wants, and needs?

“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.” 2

To engage in true conversation with our God, we must also be silent and listen to what He has to say to us. There is much that can be heard in silence. Noise drowns out the Word, which the Lord wants to impart to us. Our own words can interfere with and block out His part of the conversation. Maybe WE TALK TOO MUCH–without letting Him speak.

Listening involves a focused mindset. In our society today, such a mindset is difficult to develop and sustain: short quotes on Facebook, short blurbs in ads, condensed recaps of news, texts and tweets, instant messaging. We move from one item to another quickly on Google. In fact, in a recent Microsoft study reported in Time, the results indicate that our focus of attention has declined to a mere eight seconds. The title of this May14, 2015 article by Kevin McSpadler is “You now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish.” 3

So how can we listen and be silent before God to hear all He has to say when our attention span is so lacking? It is possible! Each one of us can remain absorbed, engrossed, riveted and totally engaged for a longer duration of time in something we love to do—fishing, reading, cooking, sewing, a sport, exercise, camping, etc. We can develop and maintain this intentional focus when the “want to” is there.

“Hearing” God and “listening” to His Word are referenced many times in scripture:

Psalm 85:8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2  “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

If we are to truly live “by every Word” coming from God, then we must love this conversation with God more than our desire for anything else—and we must learn to listen and be silent.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 

 

1William Hazlitt

2 Alfred Brendel

3 time.com/3858309/attention-spans-goldfish/

(Sharon G. Tate blog 06/10/18)  Meditations on God’s Word  teacherforjesus.com