Hearing Challenged?

Someone is talking. While they are talking, we listen some, as our thoughts are formulating our response to what they are saying. Their response may be, “Did you even hear a word I said?” We should train our minds (discipline ourselves) to really listen, then think and then respond. Failure to do this is rude and may offend. This is bad enough toward a fellow human being; it is serious, if we do this toward God. No wonder He said, in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted….” What causes us to be “hearing challenged?” First, being focused on our thinking. Secondly, not wanting to agree with what we do hear. Third, lack of courtesy toward the speaker. Fourth, not taking time to consider that the speaker could be right. Fifth, agreeing with the speaker might make demands on our time, energy and resources that we don’t want to give. If what he or she is saying points out faults in us, we go into defensive mode and make excuses. If the person is right, we should make changes; be corrected. On a Spiritual level, we need to be keenly attuned to what God is saying in His Word, which, by the way, is where He talks to us. We should “hang on His every Word!”    Sin in our lives is like putting our fingers in our ears, because we do not want to listen. Sin also blocks God’s listening. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Dealing with any sins in our lives will open God’s listening and our hearing from Him. Charles A. Tindley, in the chorus to “Nothing Between,” gives us wise counsel, “Nothing between my soul and the Savior, so that His blessed face may be seen; nothing preventing the least of His favor: keep the way clear-let nothing between.” Selah! Give God your full attention as you probe (not scan) His Word. He is speaking; really listen and, after that, respond!  Ron 

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

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