Listening to God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6   (NIV)

One Sunday as I walked to my car after worship, I heard the chimes of the church ringing out a beautiful hymn. I felt as if God were sending me on my way!

During the week the chimes still ring out; however, I don’t very often hear them. When I do, they are usually mixed in with the noise of the day. I may be driving or shopping or talking to someone — only vaguely aware of the sound of the chimes; I don’t actually stop to listen.

Isn’t that like my relationship with God? I attend worship and leave with a strong feeling of God’s presence. During the following days of the week, however, I get caught up in the routine of life. Then when a need arises, I call on God in prayer, trying to fit my faith into my busy schedule.

Like the church chimes, God is always communicating with us. But we must still the voices around us, slow down the pace of our life, and not just talk to God but listen. God’s voice of love and compassion is what we need to carry us through the week. God is speaking — how well are we listening?

 

Gary Dowdy (Tennessee, USA)