Friday, April 26, 2013

The Art of Listening


For those of you who know me, this may seem like a strange topic for me to be writing about. I don't in any way  claim to have mastered this topic, but what I am working towards is becoming better than I have been in the past. Isn't that what all our lives are about? Striving to become better than we have been in the past.

I am learning that it requires starting our day with him. Just as meetings are called in offices all over the world daily to give briefings of the days' events, and plans are given as to how to carry those events out--Christians should also meet with God early. This is not a new concept that I have taken from a page of the world's book. In Exodus 24:4,5 The Word of God says:
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.

He rose up early, before the cares of the world,or to use the modern day term, the business of living gets into full swing and there isn't time to wait before the LORD for his blessing on the day. Once the work day begins, then decisions must  be made 'on the fly' as it is called-- there is no time to wait upon the LORD in  prayer seeking his will in how to handle the daily life.It must be done before 'the daily life' happens.

We all will travel through this life only once. Getting everything right all the time is something that only a perfect man (or woman) can do. There was and still is only one who is perfect--Christ. That's why God does not expect it of us, he knows we cannot reach such a high mark. But he does expect us to always strive to be the best that we can be for Him daily in our lives. To do that we must develop the art of listening to Him. Will we still make mistakes? Yes, but if we have listened, obeyed and trust him to take care of the rest he does.--- He's that much God! None can do what he can do and is willing to do for the child who listens and seeks him early!
 God Bless you and yours today.