Thursday, March 10, 2011

To Be Heard

Thursdays – Dawn’s Devotions for Writers

“O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.
Hear my voice when I call to you.”
(Psalm 141:1 NIV)

Everyone wants to be heard.

Have you ever sat in a meeting or tried to carry on a conversation with someone who won’t let anyone else get a word in? The person rambles on for so long, you being to wonder if he’ll ever take a breath. He’s so absorbed in what he has to say, no one else gets a chance to offer his opinions or ideas. Oblivious to other people's body language, the speaker’s only concern is that he’s heard.

I think we can sometimes be like that individual when it comes to our relationship with God. We may say, “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth” (Psalm 54:2 NIV). Or like David in Psalm 141, we may call out to God, expecting him to rush to our side, sit quietly, and listen to whatever is on our mind.

Should we go to God with our concerns? Our hope and dreams? Our disappointments? Yes!

But in any healthy relationship—whether it involves a husband and wife, a parent and child, or two friends—it’s important that both listen, and both are heard.

Our heavenly Father also desires a two-way relationship.

It doesn’t do much good for God to offer healing words of comfort or direction in our lives if we’re not listening.

When you sit with him and ask him to bless your writing—when you ask for direction—remember to also take time to listen.

“Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live” (Isaiah 55:3 NIV).

God is more than willing to hear our pleas—our cries for help—but he also wants to be heard.

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