Daily Read - 2 Kings 23:31-25:30; Acts 22:17-23:10; Psalm 2:1-12; Proverbs 18:13
To answer someone before hearing him out is both stupid and embarrassing.
Complete Jewish Bible
To the degree you listen to others is an indicator of how you listen to God. Many times our flesh nature wants to raise its ugly head taking the stance of always having to be right. Because of this, we rarely listen to those who are speaking to us or worse, we interrupt them interjecting our self-important input without fully hearing what they are trying to say.
This is not only rude, but also very dishonoring and disrespectful. It is quite revealing as well, for many people will perceive this as being prideful and self-centered ...yikes!
Have you ever thought about your prayer time before the Lord? How much time do you spend talking compared to how much time spent listening? There are times when the Lord begins to speak and before we let Him get a word out, we interrupt Him with more of our thoughts and ideas.
We live in a fast-paced society where everything moves along at a hurried, rapid speed. Communication no longer occurs around the dinner table, but in cyber space through text messaging. We've replaced looking into each other's eyes with looking at our iPads! What has happened to times of close communion with each other, what has happened to our communion with God?
No one takes the time to hear each other because we just don't have the time any more. We've substituted real hugs and kisses with X's and O's through email.
Let's stop this madness and try to intentionally listen to those who speak to us today. Purpose in your heart to focus on what they are saying without devising a comeback in your mind or interrupting them before they are finished. Speak to your mind and tell it to focus and listen. You will be shocked at how well it will listen to you when you are serious.
Let us also quiet ourselves before the Lord and allow Him to speak to us uninterrupted. What He has to say to us is much more life changing than what we have to say to Him!
Practice listening today
Remember, practice makes perfect!