As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15 (NIV)
Hear Your Voice
That is what I want most of all. What do you want most of all? I want to hear your voice. Why do you want to hear my voice? Only a fool would not want to hear your voice. Why is that? If you are making time and taking the effort to speak to me, then you must have something very important to say to me. You must have some guidance to give me. You must have some instruction to teach me. You may even have some warning to protect me. You might even have words that will heal me. The reasons why you might want to speak to me are almost endless. That’s true.
There is another reason why I want to hear your voice. Let me hear it. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. It would be impossible for me to know you if I never listened to you. Hearing your voice tells me that we are living in an intimate relationship. How so? You care about me. You are involved in my life. You are not distant and far removed from me. You are close to me. You are drawing near to me as I draw near to you. You are speaking to me. You have something to say to me. You want your words to accomplish something in or through me, of that I am quite sure. You’re right about that.
How is it that you are making yourself attentive to my voice? How are you making it your priority to live in an intimate relationship with me? Every day, I am withdrawing from the noise and busyness of life. Every day, I am setting aside a time and a place to meet with you. Every day, I am meeting with you in your word. I am being still. I am being quiet. I am listening. I am watching and waiting to see what you will show me. That is very good.
What are you doing with my words once you have heard from me? I am treasuring your words in my heart and mind. I am letting your words dwell in me richly. I am allowing your words to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. So, you are putting my words into practice? Yes, I am. Your words are the foundation of my life. Your words will strengthen and sustain me. Your words will guard and guide me. Your words will protect me as I go through every storm in life. So, I will always listen attentively to your words so that I can put them into practice. That will be very good.
Lord, I don’t want to race through a life filled with noise that prevents me from hearing from you. Help me to slow down and set apart a daily time for me to hear, listen and respond to what you have to say to me. May my heart be fully open and available to you. Amen
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