Be Still!

Be Still!

A couple was trying to make a decision on the purchase of a house. They had a choice between four different ones. As they inquired of others, they received so many opinions that confusion arose. They even started wondering if they should buy at all. Doubt and fear added to their perplexity. This state of mind lasted for a few days until they, themselves, retreated from all voices and sought God for His wisdom. There, in that still place, God gently spoke to them and showed them the house He wanted for them.

When we go to God first to seek His wisdom, we can rest assured the counsel of others will confirm the leading in our hearts. It’s when we don’t seek Him first, but seek others, that our choices are hindered. God’s answers are heard in the quiet place. The still small voice of God comes gently and can be heard as we are still. God speaks so softly in the midst of all the noise that surrounds us, we can barely detect His voice unless we separate ourselves from our environment.

Often, after the fact, we realize He did try to get our attention. He uses these times to train us to take heed to His leading. His desire for us to hear His voice is more than we know. God is calling us into a deeper place of intimacy. Let us tune down all other sounds and stay tuned to His voice, from glory to glory! 

1 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.”

 

Tuning In to the Tone

Tuning In to the Tone

It is a blessing to communicate with others through e-mail, texting or letters; but it should not take the place of speaking to one another face-to-face when possible. This is especially important when something needs to be clarified and understood properly.

The words we express through our voices unveil the intent of our heart and eliminate misinterpretation. The tone we use when we speak enhances the discernment of the hearer. When we meet face-to-face, what is not said often speaks louder than what is said. We can look into one another’s eyes and have insight into the soul. We can hold each other’s hands and through the touch become aware of deep hidden emotions. What is heard is best heard live. When the face-to-face is not feasible, and we read what someone has written, we should picture them saying it with the understanding of who they are. It’s also wisdom to share with people what we heard them say to bring clarity and follow up with a written memo.

When it’s related to the Lord, the more we know Him, the more we can apply a hearing test to what we hear. We picture the Lord by our side and ponder, “Would Jesus say that? Is it filled with divine wisdom? Is it mixed with something from the world or the flesh?” Our hearing aid, the Holy Spirit, bears witness in our spirit to what is of God. When what we hear is truth, we can speak life from glory to glory!

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

An Ear to Hear

An Ear to Hear

We are to be slow to speak and quick to hear. When we communicate with the Lord, we delight in hearing what He has to say. In our conversations with others, we should endeavor to listen to them with undivided attention. To quickly hear is the key because we naturally are made to quickly speak. It takes practice by the grace of God to do the opposite, be slow to speak and quick to hear.

In a conversation, we may be thinking of an answer even before we have heard everything the other person has to say. Instead of listening to them, we are meditating on what we are going to say. It is important to pay attention to what is said. Our hearing is filtered by past mindsets so it helps to lay aside what we think we know, and focus on what the other person is saying. When we are slow to speak, because we take the time to hear, our words will have greater impact.

In our hearts we care so much for others we want to know what they have to share. Giving a listening ear is a loving and caring gesture. We treat others the way we would like them to treat us, from glory to glory!

Proverbs 18:13 “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.” 

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