Look and Listen!

I marvel at the fact that God speaks personally.

In Genesis 18:1, Abram is resting by the Oaks of Mamre in the heat of the day, and the LORD appears, and they spend the afternoon conversing. In Nehemiah 7:5, “God put it into [Nehemiah’s] heart to assemble” all the returned exiles and enroll them.

In Matthew 16, the Pharisees ask for signs, and Jesus renounces their fickle ways, saying He does speak but they don’t take the time to discern and understand. His disciples, after listening to Jesus, understood (16:12). They spent time with Him, answering His questions that brought them to discovery. In Matthew 17, “Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.” Peter acknowledges, “Lord, it is good that we are here.” It is there Jesus reveals Himself, and God declares, “’This is my beloved Son; listen to him.’ When they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”

In Acts 16, the Spirit of the Lord led Paul, Silas, and Timothy, preventing them from speaking in Asia and Bythinia, but directing them to Macedonia where He opened Lydia’s heart in Philippi. The Bereans, in Acts 17:11, “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily.”

Bid me up the mount, O Lord, leaving behind distractions of phone, schedule, responsibilities, other voices, to rest under the Oak with You, to hear and heed Your voice to me. “Morning by morning, awaken my ear to listen, as one being taught.” (Isaiah 50:4) “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18)

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