“She had a sister called Mary,
who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.”
According to Marriage Counselors, one of the keys to a healthy marriage relationship is communication. You cannot build a healthy relationship without it. In order to know and be known, communication is crucial. The more we communicate, the better we get to know each other. The deeper we communicate, the deeper our relationship grows. But communication is more than talking. Communication is as much about listening and understanding as it is about talking. In fact, God gave us two ears and only one mouth. Maybe He intended for us to listen twice as much as we talk.
Communication is also crucial in our relationship with God. If we want to get to know God better, we need to spend more time communicating with Him. But once again; communication with God is more than talking; it’s more than praying. We need to listen to God, as well.
God speaks to His children in three ways: (1) through His Word, (2) through the circumstances of life, and (3) through His Holy Spirit.
Remember the prophet Elijah? He was discouraged and hiding out in a cave. As he sat moping in the cave, he experienced a powerful windstorm, an earthquake, and a fire. But God did not speak through these circumstances. Instead, God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper.
God still speaks in gentle whispers today; through the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Here’s the catch. If we want to hear the gentle whispers of God, we may need to sit still a little longer. Instead of rushing through our prayers in five or ten minutes and quickly moving on to the next thing on our “to do” list; we may need to slow down a little. Sit quietly. Tune in to Jesus. And listen. Just listen. Keep listening.
Busyness seems to be the standard of life today.
As a result I tend to rush my quiet time with You.
Today, I renew my commitment to slow down.
Please quiet my spirit that I may hear Your Spirit.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.