TOO BUSY TO LISTEN

Monday, 25 April 2016 11:18 Written by 

 

 

We can all relate to getting so caught up in work, family, events, sports, or whatever steals our time…that we forget to take the time to listen. Be it listening to our partners, friends and such or more importantly even to God.

 

Luke 8:18 shares with us…”Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.” Isn’t this so true. So often when we just barge ahead…somewhere down the road we find ourselves off track. Or even worse being awakened to “where am I”. It is always in God’s heart to guide us in the way we should go…He always has something to say. He has no lack of words…it’s our ability to listen is the issue. How often have you experienced talking to someone…telling them your story and the moment you are done…they immediatly begin to tell their story. Were they listening to your words…or were they just waiting for you to finish talking so they could tell their’s? I think we have all done that to each other. We seem to get so wrapped up in our own story that we are not in a place to give ourselves to anothers story…to enter in with them. Good listening…true listening requires giving ourselves to the other. We set our own needs, desires and time aside…and make it all about their words. God knows our hearts and thoughts and motives. He knows when we are listening with an open heart. Its been my personal experience that God speaks to me either when I can quiet my thoughts or when I am simply not thinking at all. But almost never when I am consumed in my busy thoughts.

 

I love how Prov 2:2  puts it…“Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it]”. Making your ear attentive…attentive means to direct, focus on, intentionally apply your attention to. If you go to a counseller and do all the talking for the hour…you may feel good for the moment but truthfully you will not have accomplished anything if you never gave time to be attentive to what the counseller had to say. Yes somtimes God just interupts when we are busy doing, to speak to us…but that would be Him just getting a word in edge wise. He desires our attention…especially when its simply because we want to spend sometime with Him…not always because we have a problem.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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