Hearing and listening to God

I was thinking about the word ‘hear’ lately.  God is so kind.  He always listens and hears what we say to Him.  When I listen to my friend, he or she speaks while I listen.  Then I speak and he or she listens.  So, do I listen to and hear what God has to say?

He hears us:

  • Ps 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
  • Ps 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
  • 2 Co 6:2  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted (Is 49:8), and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Let’s hear Him as Elijah did:

  • 1 Ki 19:12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
  • De 12:28  Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
  • Jo 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear th evoice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
  • Jo 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
  • He 3:7, 8  Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.

It’s a two way street, a sweet conversation.  Speaking, listening – listening, speaking.  In this noisy world, it’s hard to calm down and really listen.  It is so worth the effort.  When our life honors Him and He hears our problems, He pulls out all the stops when He answers.  The rest of Psalm 18 describes His answer when there is a just cause.