“Oh, that I had someone to hear me,” was Job’s cry long ago. When a person has a heavy heart, he appreciates a listener. Listening is an effective way of helping others. It says, “I want to understand and know you.”
Listening is a way of loving others. We can win more friends with our ears than with our mouths. What does active listening accomplish? It comforts the broken-hearted and builds relationships and gives encouragement to others. Listening is also meaningful because it is a way of learning facts.
God wants us to listen to Him. He speaks to us by His Spirit through the Scriptures. He has so much to teach us and tell us in His Word. But sometimes we become spiritually hard-of-hearing. Take a moment of stillness today and give Him a listening ear. You will then be better able to listen to the hurting people around you. May we pray the prayer of young Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening” – I Samuel 3:10.
Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Matthew 13:9
By Doris Stensland – August, 2015