We probably all have met someone in our lifetime that talks nonstop.
As a mom, I am a part of the ranks of moms throughout the centuries who have had at least one child who loved to chatter nonstop.
Recently, one of my children was having one of those very talkative days, and I was trying to listen and to be ready to respond.
In the course of her monologue, she asked me a question.
Silly me, I thought she actually wanted an answer! 🙂 So, I tried to respond, but she just kept on talking!
I got to thinking afterwards,
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I DONE THAT WITH GOD?
How many times have I asked Him a question, or asked Him for wisdom, or asked Him for ANYTHING, and then just kept talking to Him, instead of being quiet, searching His Word, and LISTENING for an answer?
I am a child of God.
He knows more than me.
He wants me to talk with Him.
But He also wants me to listen.
Chances are good that I won’t hear him if I don’t listen, just like my child was not able to hear me even though I was trying to answer her.
The boy Samuel heard God’s voice in the still of the night when all was quiet.
Elijah had an experience with God where he needed to hear God. You can read the story in 1 Kings 19.
In verse 12 we read:
“And after the earthquake a fire;
but the LORD was not in the fire:
and after the fire a still small voice.”
The NIV version says,
“after the fire came a gentle whisper.“
When Elijah heard the gentle whisper, he knew that it was God.
I believe that there is a huge reason why God tells us to
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
It is in the stillness, the calm, the quiet, that we will best be able to hear His voice.
Taking the time to read His Word and asking Him to reveal to us what it means, then continuing to read the passage in context and/or looking up words in the dictionary to be sure we really understand them are NOT just religious exercises or scholarly pursuits. They are an exponentially gigantic way that we can still our souls and listen for God to speak.
Do you want to hear Jesus?
He is the Living Word of God.
He agrees with the written Word of God.
He will not tell you to do anything that the written Word of God forbids.
And many times He will gently whisper in your spirit the very words that are written on the page of Scripture, words of wisdom, enlightenment, encouragement, comfort, or whatever else you need to hear from Him.
I know that sometimes it is hard in this busy world, with families to take care of and all the demands that are put on us as women, but if we want to hear Jesus, we need to carve out a little bit of time to quiet our souls before Him. It has been my experience over and over again that I got more done, and more efficiently, after having spent time with Him than I would have had I not first quieted my soul before Him.
It is so worth it to spend that time with Him!
HE IS SO WORTH IT!
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