The Art of Listening
Reflecting this week:
I can’t help but think about the example that Moses gave us when God spoke to him from a burning bush in Exodus 3 and what Moses was doing when God spoke! I suggest that you read the chapter.
First of all, Moses was pretty much down on himself. He had compassion on his Hebrew kinsmen and in defense of an attack on one of his brothers, he killed an Egyptian. Then word got out and Pharaoh looked for him to kill him. This caused Moses to flee to Midian away from Pharaoh. He plopped down by a well in Midian, when seven daughters of the Midian priest came along to draw water from the well to fill the troughs for their father’s flock. Then came some shepherds and pushed them aside. But Moses, with his heart of compassion, stood up, came to the rescue, and helped the daughters. Long story short, Moses’ compassion was rewarded, and he got the girl…Zipporah. Now, Moses has a family and is herding sheep on the backside of the desert for his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. Here’s where it gets good…!
God got his attention. Moses took notice. Moses went to see. Moses spoke of his intentions. Moses turned. God spoke his name. Moses positively acknowledged, “Here am I.” (Notice he didn’t say, “I’m here.” I believe it was a holy surrender.) God gave him instructions to prepare him. Moses hid his face in fear. God delivered a message that He has seen the affliction and heard the cry of His people. He (God) has come down to deliver them out and bring them up! He also added what He was delivering them into…large and good! (vs. 8) And…with many different types of people (He lists them). He has also seen their oppression. Then God tells Moses to Come! (vs.10) He didn’t say Go…He said to come; I believe that indicated that God was coming with him. God didn’t say He would be with him until v12 and it is said in a way that is reconfirming…”Certainly I will be with you.”
We all know the rest of the story. Moses questioned God a few times and then God always provided an answer. And then, we have the story of the Exodus!
Moses acknowledged the art of listening! How are you like Moses?
Does God get your attention?
What does it take?
For Moses, it took something supernatural.
As I was writing this blog today, the Holy Spirit reminded me that the word listen has the same letters as silent. Moses was out in the desert. I’m sure he didn’t have a ton of people distracting him. He probably did a lot of thinking…taking time to be silent. I don’t really do that enough, though I am getting better, thanks to Kathy’s example! When I see the fruit in other people’s lives, it makes me more willing to invest in the cultivating process. Time alone with the Father opens pathways for listening and hearing His voice. He has some pretty neat stuff to share with you; won’t you take time to listen? Come out of the desert!
Moses - keeping in tune with God.
Promises declared! Direction revealed! Certainly God is with you!
Silently Listening, Sherry
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