Are You Listening?

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Isaiah 26:8-9 ERV, “But, Lord, we are waiting for your way of justice. We want to honor you and your name.  At night my soul longs to be with you, and the spirit in me wants to be with you at the dawn of every new day. When your way of justice comes to the world, people will learn the right way of living.”

Have you ever tried to give subtle signals to someone, hoping they would ‘get’ what you’re trying to convey without actually opening your mouth and saying it? I think a lot of husbands and wives do this everyday. Those who have learned to effectively communicate their desires are rewarded by intentional action. Men are not good at guessing or reading minds, but when you clearly let your needs be known, they are usually more than eager to oblige.

Sometimes we tend to make vague signals to God without actually telling Him how we feel or what we need. Our assumption is, “God knows our heart, so I shouldn’t need to ask.” But Jesus clearly stated (John 16:25) that anything we ask in His name, we will receive and have the fullest joy. Sometimes we don’t have because we haven’t asked. God wants us to know joy, joy that only He can give, but in order to have that kind of joy, we must communicate with Him, not assume He will give us what we think. Ask and you will receive, Seek and you will find, Knock and the door will be opened unto you.

Communication with God isn’t just a need that God has, it’s a desperate need our spirit has to connect with His Spirit. If we don’t fellowship with Him, we will try to fill this void with people or things, but nothing will satisfy our spirit but His Spirit. As Isaiah said in the opening passage, “At night my soul longs to be with you, and the spirit in me wants to be with you at the dawn of every new day.” It’s something that nothing else will ever complete or fill. Without it, we will never be fulfilled in anything we do. We must connect with God daily.

Father, forgive the times I was too busy to stay and soak in Your presence. Forgive the days I rushed off to something important. I knew You were waiting for me, excited to spend those moments connected to me, loving me, sharing revelation so that I could be a better woman, wife, mother and friend to those You placed me with.  My soul longs for You and my desire is to tell You all that is on my heart and mind. Thank You for caring for me, for protecting me and what is mine. My heart belongs to You and someday, when You call me home, I will be in Your presence forever. Until then, may I please You with my words and may my ears always be open to Your voice. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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