THE DEVOTION OF HEARING
Master speak; for thy servant heareth
Because I have listened deﬁnitely to one thing from God, it does not follow that I will listen to everything He says. The way in which I show God that I neither love nor respect Him is by the obtuseness of my heart and mind towards what he says. If I love my friend, I intuitively detect what he wants, and Jesus says, “Ye are My friends”. Have I disobeyed some command of my Lord this week? If I had realized that it was a command of Jesus, I would not consciously have disobeyed it: but most of us show some disrespect to God that we do not even hear what He says, He might never have spoken.
The destiny of my spiritual life is such identiﬁcation with Jesus Christ that I always hear God. and I know that God always hears me (John 11:41). If I am united with Jesus Christ, I hear God by the devotion of hearing all the time. A lily, or a tree, or a servant of God, may convey God’s message to me. What hinders me from hearing is that, I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God.
But that I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do not hear Him. The child attitude is always “Speak, Lord, for they servant heareth”. If I have not cultivated this devotion of hearing, I can only hear God’s voice at certain times; at other times, I am taken up with things – things which I say I must do, and I become deaf to Him, I am not living the life of a child. Have I heard God’s voice today?
1 Samuel 3:10