TargetPoint Vol 27 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: LISTENING-A Gift and Its Cost
I Kings 19:12 . . . and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
What is the price of SILENCE, but the GIFT OF SELF TO GOD? The price of silence is also TIME, much time given to the practice of listening. To quiet our hearts for the specific purpose of receiving the day's guidance is an ACT OF BOTH DEPENDENCE AND FAITH! Again, it serves to move us out of our cultural emphasis on self.
It has been said, We are besieged by words in our society. Billboards blaze them into our minds as we go by. Headlines scream from the newspapers. Regular prayer builds into our lives those experiences of silence and concentration when the still, small voice of our Saviour can cut through life's howl and speak His words of peace and joy.
We must TUNE OUT the noise of the world in order to TUNE IN to that still small voice. Not only WILL GOD REVEAL how to PRAY EFFECTIVELY, if we will listen, but He will reveal how to LIVE EFFECTIVELY.
Just think! God, alone knows the solution to every problem we will face. Don't we truly want His solutions?
DON'T BE DISCOURAGED: The closer we come to the conclusion of our devotional time the more our minds cry out for action. This is normal. But, let's listen carefully to be certain all of our plans for action originate in God. What a great way to live!
MENTALLY EVALUATE all circumstances that relate to a particular problem or concern. ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU HIS PLAN through those circumstances.
JOT DOWN the thoughts and impressions that come to you and offer those thoughts and ideas up to God in prayer.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Listening, God's Whisperings