Listening To God

June 20, 2014
by Martin Wiles

He was the principal's son, but I wasn't making much headway teaching him history.

I was in my fourth year of teaching at a local private school when the board of directors hired a new headmaster who had a son travelling through the teenage years — a son whose grades needed attention. After a battery of tests, it was determined that his son had Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD. His father decided that medicine was needed to correct his inability to listen. But whereas he didn't listen before because of his challenges, now he couldn't listen because the medicine put him to sleep. Either way, he was unable to listen.

With me … I have the ability to listen. But do I?

Ecclesiastes 5:7 – Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead. (NLT)

Only saying that I listen to God is cheap talk. But when I fear him, I'll pay attention with the intent of learning something. God doesn't want me to be afraid of Him — even though He does possess life-and-death power over me. Rather, He desires that I reverence and love Him to the degree that it motivates me to realize that He knows what's best.

If I'm to listen to God, I also need some downtime. Life is busy — for me and everyone else. If I'm not careful, God will get crowded out — pushed to the "when I have time" corner. I need silence and alone time to properly hear what His Spirit is revealing and rousing me to do.

Without an intimate connection, I can't hear God either. This is more than simply asking Jesus to be my Saviour. It's consistently spending time with Him and executing the things that enhance my spiritual growth — which, in turn, advances my ability to hear.

Are you listening when God speaks to you?

Prayer: Merciful Father, foster in us a desire to hear and then to do Your will. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Martin. Well said.


    Thank you Martin. Blessings.


    Good morning Martin. Thank you for sharing re your student. I can identify completely! Hope the young man has managed to successfully chart his journey through life with the help of yourself and that of others.


    Martin – I enjoyed your devotional. It reminded me of Jesus’ words: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” He said it several times in the gospels and in Revelation 2:7.
    Blessings.


    Dear Martin!
    Thanks for writing to us.
    Before Jesus called Lazarus from the grave, He thanked His Father for hearing Him. I am finding that as I remember to thank Our Father for hearing me, I am more likely to hear Him.


    Good Morning Martin:
    Words of wisdom and assurance.
    Wisdom in that we grow in knowledge and grace when we walk with our Lord and Assurance in that each conversation and time of fellowship we spend with Him, His loving presence seems to give us the assurance we have a true friend who will never leave nor forsake us. I loved your message, thank you.


    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for your daily inspiration through the daily email you send which contains the Word of God and the music. Today’s music (June 20th) is very nostalgic as the tune is that of my school hymn which is a Christian Missionary School.
    May God bless you and your team abundantly.
    (Sri Lanka)

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