How the Bible teaches us to Listen.

For a few Saturdays now, we’ve been talking about God’s calling. Last week we talked about some of the different ways that God speaks to us. Today was going to be part 3 of that series, but I decided to take a break from that and talk about a related but different topic.

So far, we have been talking about how to listen for God. In this post, we’re going to talk about how we Listening to Him.

This is a huge topic and to be honest I wasn’t totally sure how to write about it. So I’m going to defer to the handy guys at the Bible Project. (Don’t let the animation through you off, their stuff is top notch)

I love the way that this video illustrates how, as Christians, we need to be actively listening for God and to him. In other words, we need to be aware of when and where he is speaking (listening for him). While at the same time we need to let him instruct us (listening to him). I have found, in my walk, that the times that I have grown the most as a disciple, are times when I’m actively looking to hear from God; with the intent of being instructed by him. While, on the other hand, the times that I grow the least are the times I’m not looking for instruction. You can see this happen in new disciples.

A lot of people, once they become Christians, quickly learn about one or two of the ways that they can hear from God (like the Bible or church). So they go to Bible studies, attend church service, listen to sermons and sometimes even read the Bible on a regular basis. During that time a lot of growth always happens. Why? Because that’s how discipleship works.

However, relatively quickly, because of life or something else, the pursuit starts to stop. Parts of their Christian walk are exchanged for religious habit. Consequently they continue to listen for God, but, the desire to listen to God disappears. They turn into a super fan. They love hearing what the coach has to say, but never assume that he is talking to them.

I think that the best way to prevent this from happening in our lives is to have the right intentions going in. Never go into the presence of God without the intention of listening to him. No matter if it’s a service, a Bible study, or your own devotional time. When God speaks, we will always miss out if we are not ready to listen.

One thought on “How the Bible teaches us to Listen.

  1. Were man impressed as fully and as strongly as he ought to be with the belief of a God, his moral life would be regulated by the force of that belief; he would stand in awe of God and of himself, and would not do the thing that could not be concealed from either. To give this belief the full opportunity of force, it is necessary that it acts alone. This is Deism. But when, according to the Christian Trinitarian scheme, one part of God is represented by a dying man, and another part, called the Holy Ghost, by a flying pigeon, it is impossible that belief can attach itself to such wild conceits. . . .
    The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion. Not anything can be studied as a science, without our being in possession of the principles upon which it is founded; and as this is not the case with Christian theology, it is therefore the study of nothing.
    Instead then of studying theology, as is now done out of the Bible and Testament, the meanings of which books are always controverted and the authenticity of which is disproved, it is necessary that we refer to the Bible of the Creation. The principles we discover there are eternal and of divine origin; they are the foundation of all the science that exists in the world, and must be the foundation of theology.
    We can know God only through His works. We cannot have a conception of any one attribute but by following some principle that leads to it. We have only a confused idea of His power, if we have not the means of comprehending something of its immensity. We can have no idea of His wisdom, but by knowing the order and manner in which it acts. The principles of science lead to this knowledge; for the Creator of man is the Creator of science, and it is through that medium that man can see God, as it were, face to face—Thomas Paine


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