Reflect: Listening vs. Hearing


Devout:

Did you hear me? Are you hearing me? These statements are a standard part of my life. I have gotten used to people asking me if I heard them even while reading them saying it. Since I was a child, I am hearing impaired, an outcome of untreated hearing loss and objects I inserted in my ears. Having two hearing aids, I can still function in the hearing world. Therefore, my limitation has brought me so many blessings. One of those blessings is the ability to hear the Lord. In my silent world, I am more prone to hear the Lord than people. But for listening, that’s a whole new ball game. It takes more effort to listen to God than to hear from Him. God’s voice is present in His word, so when we can hear Him. However, it takes a heart that loves and knows the Lord to listen.

“But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.” Jeremiah 18:12 (ESV) — 12

Listening is a matter of the heart. When we love someone, we take the time to listen to them; if not, our communication is in vain. Listening to God is the same. We have to love the Lord in a way that we can hear and act on His word, but if our heart is not in the right place with God, it will be hard to even listen to Him through His words.

Journaling

Thanks to the Lord, we can develop good listening and hearing habit. We do this by first praying and asking God to change our hearts. Then we seek to listen more to Him when He speaks. One of the best ways to listen to God is to use a journal. I used a journal to write what I hear as I read God’s word. Using a journal is the best way to listen because it requires time and patience. While we are writing, it helps us be still in God’s presence. If you haven’t used a journal while reading the scripture, add one so you can listen and hear what God has to say.


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