Listen To Jesus
Most people have the ability to hear audible sounds. Their ears work fine! For these, hearing is a deeply treasured gift! Unfortunately, some lose this capacity by way of heredity, accident or disease. When this occurs, the silence can be overwhelming.
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There is another kind of hearing loss beyond the physical that leads to a form of deafness many are ignorant of. This deafness often leads to broken marriages, work-related squabbles and failed dreams. It is the failure to "hear" with one's heart.
It's one thing to hear what someone is saying with your ears, but quite another to "hear" what they mean. To develop the capacity to read a person's unspoken signals and respond appropriately, develops understanding, empathy and trust.
Be quiet and listen
Hearing God requires more than reading Bible texts and listening to sermons. Unless we take proactive measures to turn off the "white noise" in our lives and expect more than someone's else's regurgitated thoughts about faith, we'll miss hearing what God is saying to us.
One day Jesus invited Peter, James and John to join Him for a mountain hike. They ended up on a ridge where Jesus was transfigured (transformed) into a bright dazzling being. Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. The disciples were overwhelmed!
Peter was so excited, he said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Mark 9:5) At that moment Peter's eyes and ears were engaged, his tongue was loose, and his heart was doing flips. He and the others were terrified!
"Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, 'This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!' " (Mark 9:7) Peter, just be quiet and listen!
How many times do we need do the same?