Keep Listening

God’s thoughts toward you and the words God wants to speak to you are infinite. There is always more that God has to say to you … keep listening! God speaks in the depth of doubts. God speaks in the height of fears. God speaks in the midst of pain. God speaks in the sweetness of joyful moments.

When you find yourself in a slimy pit, don’t try to numb the pain with dysfunctional relationships, food, alcohol, shopping, technology, pornography or other distractions. In doing so, you are dulling your senses to God. When you find yourself sinking in mud and mire don’t let bitterness, unforgiveness or anger harden the bones in your ears so that they no longer vibrate to God’s sweet voice.

The Lord is your helper and your deliverer! When in humility you cry out to the Lord that you are poor and needy, know that the Lord hears your cry. Wait patiently for the Lord.

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Ps 40:1-2 NLT)

When you wait upon the Lord, He will bring you to a place of stability and security where you will sing a new song with joy. This new song is your life lived in obedience to Christ and trusting in God. When your life is built on the solid foundation of God you can wait with calmness and peace. You don’t need to grow weary or lose hope for your hope rests on God who is unchanging. Your eternal welfare depends solely on God’s grace, mercy righteousness and truth. God’s grace, mercy, righteousness and truth will preserve you continually even when you are surrounded by innumerable evil or when the consequences of past sinful choices overwhelm you.

Seek to hear God, not God’s voice.

Seek to hear God. Focus with admiration and wonder on God’s words and God’s works. God’s majesty, faithfulness, salvation, lovingkindness and glory are inconceivable. When you immerse all your senses in comprehending God your feet will remain firmly planted on God’s solid foundation. God’s thoughts toward you surpass human comprehension.

As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:9)

It is easy to please the Lord – just do what God created you to do, and be who God created you to be. When you are walking with God towards the goals and desires the Lord has for your life, you will hear God.

At times it may feel like you can’t live like this. Remember Jesus lived this way, and through humble faith in him, as God’s child you can continue to live like this.

Trying to please others or trying to live up to their expectations will lead you astray. If you become distracted by the proud who rely upon their power or their wealth you will find yourself led away from the solid rock on which Christ has placed you.

When you choose to cheerfully obey God’s law in your heart, your redeemed life will be a fountain of joy and a new song of praise to the Lord. Many will see what the Lord has done for you and be amazed.

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let such as love Your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!” (Ps 40:16)

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