TargetPoint Vol 26 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: LISTENING-The Act of Mental Absorption
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.
How many of us would say that when we need direction on a particular issue, we just wish God would put a billboard in front of us saying Do this, or Do that! That would be so much easier. STOPPING TO LISTEN TO GOD in our busy world of radios, TVs, computers, phones, and cell phones is a huge challenge.
But let's face it, GOD SPEAKS IN THE QUIET OF OUR HEARTS. If, by the power of God's Spirit, we can muster the will to go into that secret place with Him, we just might be able to hear His voice.
You might say, Dick, this sounds like the Waiting portion of the devotional hour, or perhaps the Meditation portion . . .Aren't we doubling up here? Waiting is a time of resting silently in God's love; and Meditation is a very careful exploration of a particular spiritual theme. But, to LISTEN in prayer is to QUIETLY SEEK GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS concerning specific matters for your day.
Stop and think about someone whom you would characterize as your best friend. I wouldn't be surprised if that individual is an excellent listener! Best friends are always good listeners. If we truly desire to be friends with the Lord, we must learn the secret of listening. Actually, when you think about it, to be like Jesus is to be a listener. He listened to the Father, and He always listened to the people.
KEEP A NOTEPAD HANDY to jot down any thoughts that might come to you during this time of listening. TELL GOD, I believe you will truly speak to me, and I have come prepared to record your instructions.
ASK GOD SPECIFICALLY to help you plan your day's activities. If you are a housewife, ask Him to prioritize your responsibilities for your home and family. If you are a businessman, ask God to give you specific wisdom regarding important projects.
REMEMBER, you are not merely listening for divine niceties, but you are asking God to order your day.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Listening, A Gift and Its Cost