Yes, I can hear you now!

Highway Five

Remember the Verizon commercial where the guy tries standing in different locations all over the world saying, “Can you hear me now?”  Occasionally, like the listener of a dropped cell phone call, we can have difficulty hearing from God.  But unlike the listener of a dropped, out-of-range call, it’s not the Heavenly Caller’s position that is hindering us from hearing, it’s our own. 

John 8:47 says, “He who belongs to God HEARS what God says…”  Prayer is meant to be a conversation between God and us.  There are a multitude of reasons why our spiritual line can get choked.  A.W. Tozer addresses a big reason in the devotion below.  So slow down, practice spiritual concentration, and listen.  God is saying, “CALL ME and I WILL show you great and mighty things that you have not known.”  (Jeremiah 33:3)

Can you hear Him now?!  Good.

Take Time to Listen

~ by A.W. Tozer

The Quakers had many fine ideas about life, and there is a story from them that illustrates the point I am trying to make. It concerns a conversation between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and a Quaker woman he had met.  Maybe Coleridge was boasting a bit, but he told the woman how he had arranged the use of time so he would have no wasted hours.  He said he memorized Greek while dressing and during breakfast.  He went on with his list of other mental activities–making notes, reading, writing, formulating thoughts and ideas–until bedtime.

The Quaker listened unimpressed.  When Coleridge was finished with his explanation, she asked him a simple, searching question: “My friend, when dost thee think?

God is having a difficult time getting through to us because we are a fast-paced generation.  We seem to have no time for contemplation.  We have no time to answer God when He calls.

“Thank You, Lord, that You convicted me some time ago about this need for time to think, of the need for solitude and silence. Make this increasingly possible for me, but also for many of my brothers and sisters who have not discovered the value of this slowing down.  Amen.”

 

Harold Whittles hearing for the first time after a doctor place an earpiece in his left ear.

This is a picture of little Harold Whittle who is hearing for the first time after a doctor places an ear piece in his ear.

Grind it, Gather it, Pluck it, and Drink

Cereus Nocturne Part One

As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.”

~ Luke 5:16

Praying you will find some additional time this week to slip away from your usual routine and enjoy an extended period of time alone with the Lord Jesus…lounging in His presence, reflecting on His Word, and basking in the glow of His love.

Charles Spurgeon once said:

‘There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech.  We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in His service.

We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . .

Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life?

  • Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word.
  • They love the wheat, but they do not grind it;
  • they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it;
  • the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it;
  • the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it.

From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .’