How Well Do We Listen?

The Hebrew writer records, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Heb 1:1-4.

Are we listening, I mean truly listening to what God has to say? Listening is more than hearing. Listening is not passive. Listening is an activity. Listening takes effort, time, and energy. When we listen to children, we do well to get down on their eye level. When we listen to our spouse it is important to tue=ne out all other distractions. When we are talking we want our listeners to be engaged in our words and our meanings. Should we treat others, especially God any less?

How to Listen to God:

  • Listen with Enthusiasm – plan to enjoy what you hear. I find it a truth that we enjoy what we plan to enjoy, when we look for enjoyment, we will find it.
  • Listen with Focus – look for principles and precedents. What are some commands, rules, directives, and theologies I can learn? How do those immediately connected to the text apply them?
  • Listen with Faith – trust God to want what is best for you. He wants what is truly best for you.
  • Listen with the Intent to Act – look for what changes you can make or how God wants you to act/serve.
  • Listen TODAY! Today if you hear His voice! Heb 3:15

– Scott

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