For many of us, talking is much more natural than listening. It’s an epidemic. An ugly one. I’m guilty. Are you?
I get that what we have to say is much more important than what anyone else has to say, and that they need to know what we are thinking because it is good for them. You see, I told you it was ugly. And it’s getting uglier. Social media is further hindering our already lack of ability (and willingness) to listen. Just pause for a minute (which is equally hard, I know) and think about all the information we can process into knowledge without exercising any listening skills. We have a massive database of information at our fingertips which includs texts and images. Not only that, we can even watch video and TV with caption – no listening required.
You understand why our listening skills are lacking? It’s an evil plan. A very seemingly successful evil plan.
Are you wondering if the voice inside your head is God’s or your own? I can tell you if you aren’t prepared to listen, the only voice talking is your own voice.
God will speak to the hearts of those who prepare themselves to hear; and conversely, those who do not prepare themselves will hear nothing even though the Word of God is falling upon their outer ears every Sunday.A.W. Tozer
If we truly want to hear from God, we first must:
I know it’s going to be hard. But it’s going to be necessary. Consider this in relation to our interaction with one another.
When we continuously to talk is it because:
1 – we want to hear from the other person?
2 – we value what they have to say?
3 – we believe their input will guide us down the right path?
I. Think. Not!
The first question we need to ask isn’t Is this voice inside my head God’s or my own?
The first question(s) is:
Do I really want to hear from God?
Do I value what He has to say?
Do I believe His input will guide me down the right path?
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