13 comments on “How Are Our Listening Skills?

  1. That’s the thing, isn’t it? Take the time, but then the concentration too! I most always find my mind starting to wander in very short order. I at least hope that sometimes that wandering might be directed by Him.

    Do you ever get a “twitch” while doing something? Some sort of tweak of your antenna, so to speak. “Call Joe.” “Buy that scruffy guy a hamburger.” “Talk to that old lady.” Maybe He sometimes talks to us in the stream of our lives, pointing a finger at something He wants us to pay attention to. Can we avoid our own inertia of action, stop, and pay attention? Listening is tough!

  2. When God said in his word, “Be still and know that I am God,” He was referring to waiting on the LORD. Sometimes it takes me as much as 18 minutes of stillness to hear the first word. Right after waking and right before bedtime works best for me when I can set aside the day or night and rest in his presence, praying softly…come LORD Jesus. Just like that song, “I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses.” or “He Touched Me.” Oh, the joy that floods my soul.

  3. It is not just listening, but asking questions so we hear God speak to us. David often asked the Lord, should I do this or should I do that and David waited for an answer. We jump and ask later. Good post, thanks.

  4. Psalms 1:1-3 reminds us of the importance of also reading God’s word. The main way we talk to him is through prayer but the main way to listen to him is by examining the scriptures. Isaiah 48:17,18 admonishes us to “pay attention to his commandments”. You’ll be amazed to see how the stress in your life decreases simply by listening to God’s instructions.

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