Joshua 1: 8
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written it is. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
I recently released a short non-fiction book entitled GOD, LIFE & HULA HOOPS: SPIRITUAL LISTENING LESSONS. It’s mean to be light-hearted but with a serious message. God will prepare us for the battles we face–if only we will listen to him. I share some of the lessons God taught me that have helped me as I face bilateral brain tumors.
So, I’m going to share a few of the lessons here as well.
As a retired speech pathologist I know the importance of being a good listener. Being a good listener is a necessity for becoming a competent language user. And being a competent language user is a necessity for being successful in this life along with a lot of other things, of course.
Spiritually speaking, for many years I wasn’t listening, and as a result my life was one BIG mess. But no more. I love my life—in spite of the brain tumors and all the issues I have because of them.
During my thirty-four years, I developed several checklists that broke down listening skills into smaller steps. Some of these checklists contained up to 60 to 70 mini skills. Don’t worry, I’m not going to do that to you. I’m only going to talk about two spiritual listening skills: listening for God; and listening to God.
The key to hearing God is to listen for him. We can’t hear the message if we aren’t paying attention. To hear from God more, we’ve got to focus on him.
It’s like when you buy a bright red car. All of a sudden, you notice every bright red car on the road. Once you become tuned it to something, it’s so much easier to notice.
Spiritual listening works exactly the same way. The more we practice listening, the better we become at it. The more we practice, the more tuned in we become to God’s messages for us. So exactly how does God speak to us? God’s primary mode of communication is the Bible–it’s not the only way, of course. God always wants the best for his children. And he communicates how to get that in His Word.
Once you begin to listen for him, it’s time to listen to him. Listening to God is all about obey him. Jesus once said if you love me, you will obey me. That’s pretty simple and direct. Nothing hard about understanding what he meant. Of course, actually doing it can be a lot harder than understanding it.
But as I said, God always wants the best for his children. What he tells us is for our own good.
Joshua 1: 8 tells us all we need to know to have a successful life—the life God planned for us. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written it is. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Want a formula for success? You just found it: read the word; meditate on the word; follow the word; then you will be prosperous and successful.
Amazing things will happen to you when you begin to listen FOR and TO God.
I’d love for you to take a moment and share with us your own experience at listening FOR or TO God.
Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!