“If we do not listen we do not come to the truth. If we do not pray we do not even get as far as listening…Four things go together: silence, listening, prayer, truth.” Hubert Van Zeller
In the book of James we are reminded that; “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (1:19) James goes on to say, “Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave.” Do you look like a ball of negative emotions? Or a gown of Hope and Praise?
If we listen to God, what do we hear? You are loved! You are a precious gemstone! There is a special plan for your life and it is for good and not evil! We can just start here and tell ourselves we are loved! I am loved, I am a PRECIOUS gemstone, God has a plan for my life and the list never ends. If you are a round peg in the square of ‘silence, listening, prayer and truth’ you might find yourself a misfit. A beautiful precious stone in the wrong setting. Like trying to set an emerald cut diamond in a round setting! Why, because you forgot to act on blessings as written in contract form for you. You forgot to obey what you read and heard. We have been given freedom by grace to enter into a life of joy. For example, we read, God did not give us a spirit of fear. He has given us joy and peace. We like this. We love it! Yet, we walk away from the mirror of illumination and when made to feel fear or another negative from an external or internal force, what do we do, take it? Yes, if you are anything like my humanness, I take fear and other negatives and run all over town with it until I realize it is not working. How do you handle it?
We were not to just listen to what was said but act on it. Now, how does one act when they feel fear? Feel lonely, depressed, rejected or angry? You act on what you just read or heard from God’s Word! It is knowing His Word and acting on it that brings the freedom. That is belief vs. unbelief! What did He say about fear, angry, rejection and other negatives? What did He say about the crises you or your loved ones may be going through right now? Do you know? Did you forget because you have to many irons in the fire? What do you look like today? God is not saying to us just sit and listen to someone go on and on with a bout of sadness and get up and use the words spoken to overcome your and their negative emotions. Won’t happen! We listen and we should have a precise deliberate measured message for what we have just heard. This is inclusive of ourselves and the ones we love the most as well as the ones we don’t even know.
James advised us to listen to God’s Word, to others that give us God’s Word and obey it.. Hubert Van Zeller tells us how:
“If we do not listen we do not come to the truth. If we do not pray we do not even get as far as listening…Four things go together: silence, listening, prayer, truth.” Have you squared yourself off for this setting? If so, you are aware and acting on “No height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39, AMP).