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December 7th, 2017
We focus a lot on the importance of studying the Bible. That’s a good thing for sure. But isn’t it interesting that the Bible actually talks more about another word other than studying.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:9)
Most of us who have followed the Lord for years have worked on becoming disciplined in how to study God’s word, but when it comes to hearing, if you’re like me, it’s mostly uncharted territory. In prayer, we know how to ask, but do we know how to listen? Do we struggle because we find it difficult to be silent before God and actually believe that He will tell us something?
“I realized that everything in the kingdom depends upon whether or not we hear the word of God…I strongly advocate for a prayer life that is comprised mostly of silence. It’s a great delight to talk to God, but it’s even more thrilling when He talks to us…I will endure months of silence if He will but speak one creative word from His mouth to my spirit.” (From Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge)
Here’s where the challenge comes in. Are we willing to do what it takes to hear him? Are we willing to cut out the noise in our minds and venture into the often unknown place of being silent before Him? Know this, it is possible for each of us to hear the voice of God.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
This is a discipline we rarely speak about, but it can lead to a fulfilling time with our living God. It’s important to realize though, that this isn’t about trying to master a discipline, it’s more about disciplining ourselves to try to hear the Master. He longs for those who want to hear.
“Oh that My people would listen to Me.” (Psalm 81:1)
I used to listen on the radio to Dr. John Mitchell, a co-founder of Multnomah School of the Bible. One thing I remember him saying was, “Do you mean business with God, because God means business with you.” In other words, if you and I are serious, really serious about wanting to follow Jesus, then it would behoove us to stop doing so much talking when we’re with Him and work on our listening skills. When I am with Jesus, I don’t want to be hard of hearing.