When God speaks to us, it’s important to listen intently
By Clay Perkins
Saturday, February 23, 2019
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart, be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” — Psalm 19:14 (The Bible, New International Version)
When my grandchildren speak, I listen deeply. They remind me of what matters in life. When the naysayers around me speak, I listen to see if there is anything I need to learn. When family and friends speak, I listen passionately. These are the most important people in my life. I love them. When someone in my work or ministry speaks intensely, I listen well because I have learned that if I can help them be successful, we all win. Now when God speaks …
And God does speak often. In fact, God speaks every day. Just open your eyes. Listen. Look. Smell. Feel. All of creation declares the glory of God (Psalm 19:1-6). God is constantly seeking to communicate with you.
I love living near the ocean. With every wave, there is a new chance. A new beginning. Every time I walk the beach, I see lots of people just admiring God’s creation. God continually cries out, “I am.” This is not Mother Nature. This is not an accident. God is intentionally speaking. Are you listening? It is no wonder that Romans 1:20 reminds us that no one is without excuse, for God has revealed himself in creation.
God also speaks in His Word, the Bible (Psalm 19:7-11). The word of God is self-described as law, testimony, statutes, commandments, the fear of the Lord, judgments, and more. The word of God has multiple self-labeled values, such as “perfect,” “sure,” “right,” “pure,” “clean,” “true,” and “righteous.” We are told God’s word is more desirable than gold or honey.
In all honesty, two things in life I really, really enjoy are money and food. Money allows me to enjoy some of my favorite things — fishing, vacations, movies, giving, etc. Food is wonderful. Especially chocolate gravy, German chocolate cake, chocolate milk (notice a pattern?). But we should be reminded that the word of God is more valuable than money (gold) and food (honey). Are you listening?
God’s word has a purpose. He is not speaking just to hear Himself speak. The word of God is to convert (restore) the soul, making wise the simple, so our heart can rejoice and our eyes can be enlightened, so we can endure and can be made right. Are you listening enough for it to work?
So when God speaks, what is your reaction? How do you listen? I hope you listen deeply, for God can remind you what life is all about. I hope you listen passionately, for He truly loves you. I hope you listen intently, for He can help you in all you do. He intends to set us free spiritually. He can also free our minds from social and political bondage so that we may love one another unconditionally. Only He — the God of Exodus, the God of Calvary — can do this.
When God speaks, do yourself a favor and listen.
Dr. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of the university.