The Blog of Solitude, Part 5

Hearing and Listening

Girl listening with her hand on an ear
The Awesome Power of the Listening Ear?

Some Quotes

  1. “Listening is a positive act; you have to put yourself out to do it.”
  2. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”
  3. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is listening to someone.”

Listening To God

 I was taught that God spoke to me through the bible, it’s how I listened to him. It’s true. But through the years, I’ve discovered that his voice can be heard in other ways.

  1. In moments of awesome majesty. “The heavens declare the glory of God,” (Psalm 19:1). God’s heart is revealed in nature. When I’m up in his mountains, I see his heart and hear his voice. For me, the mountains are where the glory of God is truly declared.
  1. In moments of great grief. The Spirit has given me comfort in moments of suffering, grief, and crisis. The Lord has blessed me with thoughts that calmed and strengthened me. His voice is often strongest when I am at my weakest.
  1. In moments of amazing worship. I hear his voice in moments of whole-hearted praise. If I can distance my worried distractions, unshackle my bonds of self-awareness, and freely give my heart, mind, and soul, then his voice is clear.

Things The Voice of God Are Not:

  1. mystical
  2. magical
  3. emotional
  4. invented
  5. audible

His Voice?

God doesn’t speak to me audibly, at least I’ve never heard him. He speaks to my spirit, for he is spirit, (John 4:24). Long have I journeyed to better hear his voice.

I’ve had a lot of help along the way.

Men and women of God, people of towering faith, who wholly love their holy Father, have taught me much about solitude, silence, and listening, and I have  grown.

It’s taken decades.

Just So You Know

There are no three-point plans. No seminars or conferences. There’s nothing man can offer that will rewire your spirituality. Preachers, mentors, books and events provide ideas and point in the right direction. But they can’t change your life.

A vital connection with God isn’t like an exercise machine promising weight loss and restored abs. The machine doesn’t deliver simply because you bought it. But they are easy to get, available for three easy payments, and then are just three months away from a garage sale.

Do we believe that everything important, including God, can be obtained or managed with a short cut, a work-around, or an app? Helen Keller wrote, “There are not shortcuts to anyplace worth going.” 

no-shortcuts

To Close

The quest for God is a holy quest. It’s reachable. But it requires the continual seeking of solitude and silence. We must get comfortable with silence and good at listening, so we can welcome the Spirit to speak with his quiet, still voice.

His voice comes nearer when we draw closer, with a listening heart and a willing spirit.

…to be continued.

Shalom

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