How to Listen to God

``All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers. ``You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. ``He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:1-3

Are you a good listener? It’s an essential skill in every relationship, and that includes our fellowship with God. Most of us are better at talking to Him than we are at listening. We’re quick to tell Him our needs and requests but are sometimes in such a hurry that we overlook consulting His Word to see what He has to say.

The sad truth is that many Christians would rather skip reading the Bible than skip something else in their daily routine. Yet, God’s Word is the foundation of our faith, and we need to feast on it regularly if we’re to thrive spiritually. Daily consumption of Scripture results in a transformed mind, which in turn aligns our perspective, desires, attitudes, words, and choices with the Lord’s will.

Although every verse in the Bible is inspired by God and given to us for our benefit, we won’t hear His voice unless we make His Word a priority. If we ask, He will teach us to listen and help us understand what He is saying in Scripture. Our spirit needs to be tuned to the Father, and this sensitivity develops through prayer, meditation on His Word, and a submissive heart that obeys His commands.

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