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I Listen

I Listen

11 August 2009

Scripture:

I listen to their conversations, and what do I hear? Is anyone sorry for sin? Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”? No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse rushing into battle! (Jeremiah 8:6 NLT)

As I began my reading this morning, I did as I usually do and asked God to speak to me from his Word. I never really know in advance what he will give me, but there’s always something, often something I don’t expect.

This morning the first phrase of Jeremiah 8:6 was God’s message to me... “I listen to their conversations.”

God is omnipresent (everywhere), God is omniscient (all-knowing). God is interested enough in his people to monitor their conversations.

So simple, yet a reminder of something both comforting and cautioning. God listens. God listens to our conversations. God hears not only everything I say to him, but everything I say to others. And he hears my thoughts as well.

God’s messages to Jeremiah have such a personal tone to them. God carried on a dialog with Jeremiah. God not only listens to conversations, he is willing to carry on conversations with us if we let him.

I’m going to consciously make more room in my life for dialog with God – listening as much as speaking. One of the ways I’ve discovered to do that is to ask God questions and then allow time and space to listen for the answer. Some of those conversations unfold over days or weeks. Some of the answers he hasn’t seen fit to give yet! But I’m going to keep listening, just in case!

Prayer:

Father, thanks for the reminder of your interest and awareness. I purpose to carry on conversations that I won’t mind you listening in on. I purpose to cultivate dialog with you so that you’re not only listening to my conversations with others, but that I have something to share with others out of my conversations with you. May you be pleased as you listen to my conversations today. Amen.

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