2014-12-30 - Listening
Deuteronomy 30:20b Listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.
Because of an extensive history of having law enforcement and fire personnel in our family, we have always have public service scanners. One thing we have noticed is that some dispatchers will forget that you can't listen and talk at the same time. So when a deputy's or paramedic's microphone gets stuck in the "on" position, a dispatcher will continuously say, "all units, check your mikes," when ironically, the one person who cannot hear them, is the one whose mike is stuck! That's because you cannot transmit and receive/hear at the same time. This would only be helpful if it were used to do a "Roll call" and rule out the one affected (we have never known this to happen).
It's the same with us in our relationship with God. We are supposed to talk to God; He made us that way, and desires to hear from us. But sometimes we spend so much time talking to God, telling Him what we want, and what we think - that we don't take the time to listen quietly. I am a commissioned Stephen Minister©, and one of the tenets of that program is that the caregiver is to listen 90% of the time, and talk only 10% of the time. I think that's a good ratio for most relationships, and certainly would be advisable for our conversations with God.
Looking ahead to 2015, I encourage you to join me, in spending more time listening to God.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.