Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” – Hebrews 1:1-2
Insight: Like any conversation within any relationship, a healthy one involves both speaking and listening. However, if were honest, I think many times we come to God with a laundry list of demands, and then we can become cold or jaded about the relationship if He doesn’t answer quickly in the way we want. But is that really a healthy relationship or are we treating the Creator of the Universe like our own Cosmic Butler? I believe God never stops wanting and trying to speak to us, although the various ways He can speak to us does change often, but we must be available to hear Him. God speaks to us in many ways, but are we too busy and distracted to hear? For example, He can speak to us through His creation, but we must be aware of the beauty all around us. He can speak to us in scripture, but we must first pick up the Bible and read it. He can speak to us through other people, but we must be willing to engage with others in order hear something that could be profound. He can speak to us through the lyrics of a song, but we must listen to the words. He can speak to us through prayer and in quiet time, my favorite, but we must be still and patient in listening. It is harder to listen than to speak, and that is why James implores us in James 1:19 to be quick to listen and slow to speak: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Let’s face it, we are good at telling God all of our problems or needs or wants but when we are speaking there is no room for him to speak to us. Like any good conversation, we must both listen and hear what God is saying to us, but in order to do this, we must refrain from always speaking. I know in this world, we all are trying to be heard, whether through social media or elsewhere. Speaking comes natural to us, but listening well requires intention and effort. God never stops speaking to us; the question we must always ask ourselves is are we listening?