My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19 NIV)
Sometimes I don’t listen as well as I should. Either my mouth gets in the way or my mind wanders onto other things… whatever the reason I’m not as ‘present’ as I would like to be.
Is it just me? Have you ever found yourself on one side of a conversation but have no idea what the other person was talking about because your to-do list made a noisy bid for your attention?
I sometimes wonder if it’s so hard to listen to people who are physically in front of me, how will I be able to listen to God?
According to James listening involves not only hearing but also acting on what was heard (James 1:22 NKJV).
Do you find yourself listening to everything and everyone but the Holy Spirit? When he comes to gently remind you that it’s time to spend time with the King, do you ignore him and snuggle deeper under the covers? No? Hmmm, just me then.
There are times when I know what God wants but find it so hard to comply. “How can I walk away from this thing when you haven’t shown me what will replace it?”
Are you struggling to listen (and heed) God’s word today?
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