Learning to Listen

Hi Everyone

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have opened;

burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come - it is written about me in the scroll.

I desire to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.’”

Psalm 40:6-7

Why is it that we often push to tell God things he already knows and suggest to him things, as if we know better than him? Even with friends, people we know and respect, we can at times rudely override the conversation to make sure we air our own so-called ‘superior’ views over others.

A social gathering place such as a busy cafe or bar is full of such noise. In being guilty of this in our own conversation with God, are we then lowing such sacred communication to the level of a ‘nightclub’? God forbid!

God deserves our utmost respect. Anything less is done to our own peril. And learning to listen is the key. We give time to those we truly love and respect, and first on that list must be God. In fact, to not listen to God is sin. It is shameful and leads to eternal consequences. We had better listen up everyone!

“The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.” (Dag Hammarskjold)