June 18, 2017
As a growing Christian we are to discover what God is doing and hear how He desires for us to join Him in His ways. We are then to follow His instructions as he works through our lives. How can we discern God’s will for our lives and how can we become more attentive to what He wants to reveal to us? There are two kinds of listeners.
1 Passive Listeners
A passive listener takes what a person has to say as truth without much more consideration. Whatever they hear they accept. They also miss a lot of information because they usually are not paying attention to what is going on around them. How important is it to hear what is being said? Passive listeners are known for not knowing the facts and also saying that they did not know what was said to them. There are some who can look you in the face and not hear a word that you are saying. To discover God’s will we must do more than passive listening.
Are you easily distracted?
Do you find yourself missing a lot of key info in life?
2 Aggressive Listeners
On the other hand, an aggressive listener diligently seeks to know what God has to say, and grows much more quickly in his/her faith because of it. Aggressive listeners are the ones whose Bibles are open and pens are ready. In Bible Study, they demonstrate an inquisitive mind. In personal devotion, their notes are filled with insight into God’s ways. They are always probing, searching, and comparing what they have heard with previous instruction, and the Father blesses their attentive hearts. (Matthew 7: 7-8) The writer of Proverbs says, “Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” (Proverbs 25:12) So consider, are you sensitive to what God is saying?
3 Effective Listeners
In 2 Samuel 12, Nathan the Prophet’s confrontation with David serves as an example of how God gets our attention through others. The Lord gave insight to Nathan, instruction that David desperately needed to hear. And because King David listened, he was able to repent of his sin, and his fellowship with God was restored. When we realize what is troubling us the Heavenly Father speaks to us the exact message we need. If we are proud or egotistical and refuse to take direction from wise counselors, we are destined to failure. Of course you should not listen to just anyone without any discernment. Be extremely careful about who counsels you because even those with the best intentions can lead you astray if they are not walking daily with the Savior. Ask God to give you Spiritual discernment so that you can effectively hear what He is saying to you. Become an aggressive listener who can identify God’s truth and apply it to your life. Let the Lord teach you to hear Him and walk in His ways.