Preparing to Hear from God: Ready

January 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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If you work in a Christian environment, or attend a Christian school, or live in a Christian home, I would assume that you are presented with multiple opportunities throughout the week – sometimes throughout the day – to hear from God. This is a great privilege, but we often take it for granted. God had no obligation whatsoever to speak to you. He is not lonely, bored, or depressed. When God decided to speak to you and me, we call this “condescension.” It’s when someone bigger and smarter and more important than you takes an interest in you even though you don’t necessarily want anything to do with Him. It’s a stooping down to our level. If God – the greatest, most magnificent, most majestic Being in all of existence – would condescend to speak to you, wouldn’t you want to hear what He has to say? To pay attention?

These lessons are about three “R”s, but not “readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic.” These are a different three R’s. They stand for how you and I should approach the idea of the Lord speaking to us:

R.eady

We know a great deal about getting ready. Students do it before school in the morning (hopefully). They do it before a test (hopefully). People get serious about it before a big a social event. But when we know that we are going to have a chance to hear from God – whether we are coming to a church service or getting ready to read our Bibles – we need to really prepare to hear from God in two specific ways:

1. Prayerfully

Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.

Psalm 119:18

2. Purposefully

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 78:1

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12

Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

Job 38:3

Hearing from God is not a time to be silly. It’s serious, because He is holding you and me accountable for what He says.

Next time, we will think about being receptive in our preparation to hear from God.

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