15 October 2015

Listen and Silent – Will You not Listen

Greetings Dear Reader,

If I believe that life is a listening and I do believe it, then I must always listen for the voice of God.  I realize this sounds mystical and hearing God cannot be empirically proven.  I do, however, hear him.

Perhaps one of the reasons that belief is hard for people is because they do not take the risk of listening.  If we enter into any other conversation believing that the other person will not speak then we are likely not to hear even if they do so.

My Grandfather used to always say that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  We should listen twice as much as we speak.  We should listen for the purpose of hearing.  We listen to others to get to know them.  Why will we not do the same for God? 

I am not talking about listening to the things other Christ followers tell us to hear.  I am talking about an honest look at what God asks us to see in him.  Believers and unbelievers ask us to put so many filters in place.  All Christ as is that we follow in faith the commands to love God and love humans. 

If we look into the Word of God with only that filter things become much clearer.  If we listen to everything with that understanding it becomes easier to see God.  The strategy is to really listen, then hear, and follow.

If I listen perhaps it can benefit others as well.  If I practice listening to God perhaps I will listen to others better.  One cannot hear if they do not listen.

Will You not Listen – Michael Card

Is not He who formed the ear
Worth the time it takes to hear?
Should He who formed our lips for speaking
Be not heeded when He speaks?

Will you not listen?
Why won't you listen?
God has spoken love to us
Why will you not listen?

Listen to the sacred silence
Listen to the Holy Word
Listen as He speaks through living
Parables that must be heard
Will you not listen?
Why won't you listen?

God has spoken peace to us
Why will you not listen?
He spoke a word of flesh and blood
Flesh and blood that bled and died
Bled and died just to be heard
How could you not hear this Word?

Why will you not hear this Word?
Will you not listen?
Why won't you listen?
God has spoken hope to us
How could you not listen?
Why will you not listen?
How could you not listen?

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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