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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuning in and hearing God

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
God has a plan for you and He is willing and eager to communicate that plan.  One very significant way God communicates is through the Bible.  Romans 10:17, "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."

If we are listening, we will be able to hear God speaking to us through the Word as we read.

Years ago, when the first Christian radio station began broadcasting in a community where I was a pastor; the station promoted their plans to go on the air on a certain day at 8:00 am.  I was excited to hear their launch and remember having my radio turned on and set to the FM numbers - 88.7, so I could hear it all.  Eight o'clock came and past, soon it was 8:10. "Something must be wrong at the station." I thought.  I read the promotional flyer that I had.  Sure enough, I had the day and time right - but, the station frequency was 88.5.  I turned the dial to the right numbers and there they were loud and clear - a favorite worship song was being broadcast over our city.

God taught me through that experience the importance of being tuned in to Him.  He has something to say and he is communicating.  In a similar way, I'm like the radio receiver and my part is to be tuned in!


God also speaks through the witness of the Spirit and works of providence.  We will write about these topics in the next few weeks.
 

After writing last week about The Capacity to Hear God. Today, we'll focus on being tuned in listeners of the Word.

There are a number of places where we are challenged to be a listener:

  • James 1:19, "Everyone should be quick to listen." 
  • Proverbs 18:13, "He who answers before listening - that is his folly and his shame."
  • Proverbs 19:27, "Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge."
  • Luke 2:46, "After three days they found him [Jesus] in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions."
The Word is essential in listening to God because it is the source of truth. 

By getting into the truth of the Word and the Word of truth getting into us, we are able to know God's voice better and distinguish from other voices that can cause confusion.  John 10:5, "But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."  The Word is truth, and we learn to hear God's voice and distinguish from other voices by listening to what we read.  The Word is essential because in it we learn truth.  


One more important part of being a listener is our response to truth - and that's being teachable.

Being teachable relates the the tuning in story.  What can keep you from tuning in?  How do the listening verses above challenge you?

The teachable response to God's truth is huge.  To think that I know 'this' or 'that.' Or to say, "I have heard this before" - is like me having the radio dial set on 88.7 and miss hearing from God.

Every time we get into the Word we must liken it to the 'daily manna of old.'  'Fresh bread' insight for me today if I'm teachable.  I must confess the times that I thought I had the answers or I could figure something out and say, "teach me and speak to me through your Word!"

Lamentations 3:22, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

God's part is broadcasting truth.  How are you with your part - listening and being teachable?

What can you do today to tune in to God and hear His voice?


Feel free to ask questions and/or post your comment below.

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