The God Who Listens
The God who made the winters and the summers The One who put the stars all in their place The only One who stands above all others He knows me by name
I'm not just hopin', I'm not just wishin' I know I'm prayin' to a God who listens I know He hears me; I know He's livin' Yes, I am prayin' to a God who listens
Jesus Our Saviour
We see Him among the thousands of faces in the towns and cities of Galilee, anointed of God with the Holy Spirit and power:
Doing good - with no pride of birth - even though He was a king
With no pride of intellect, though He was omniscience
With no pride of power, though all the power of heaven was in Him
Nor of stature, although the glory of God was in Him
Nor of superior goodness or holiness; but with humility as His banner.
He considered everyone better than Himself, healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, and everywhere giving to all the bread of life.
We see Him everywhere offering to people His life for their salvation - and when at last all the forces of evil mounted against Him, He continued along His path, thinking only of others, accepting the suffering that was appointed for Him, and giving His life at Calvary so that the world He loved might live.
God came and gave to show love and give life.
Jesus, God, not only taught and taught well, he listened to others.
People were drawn to Him, and continue to be drawn to Him.
An "acrostic" is a poem, using the letters of a word (or the first letters of various connected words), to describe its deeper meaning.
L – Love: Listen without prejudice
I – Inquire: Ask relevant probing questions
S – Stop: Don’t let activity keep us from listening
T – Test: Patiently, respectfully draw out what is inside people
E – Engage: Stay 'in the moment' with others
N – Nudge: Gently encourage communication
Listening is important. Listening builds trust.
Good listening needs self-control. It includes such things as ignoring our own immediate, even pressing needs and focusing on the other person and their message.
Do we listen without interrupting?
Do we focus on their words and feelings?
For example, in the quote “... for God so loved the world that He gave...” – do we hear not just the words but the feelings, the motivation?
And do we show sincere interest?
Do we resist the temptation to jump in and fix others?
Listening intently shows genuine interest, builds respect from other people, and shows a deep appreciation towards others. All this by listening.
“The organizations of today will require leadership that can operate on the edge of chaos by relinquishing command and control and creating an environment of mutual trust and respect.”
This time has been on the edge of chaos. But for some, it has not felt so chaotic, because of caring and competent leadership from God.
The old “command and control” leadership model fits into today’s society as much as an IBM punch card. There are areas where immediate, concise directives are required. However, aside from those situations, it is a matter of building trust and respect through listening.
Faith is Believing Without Seeing
Romans 10:17 (16 – 21)
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
The more time we spend listening to God, the more we are able to trust. The more time we spend listening to God, the more we realize how much He listens and hears us.
By listening and getting to know our Saviour, we find we have purpose:
By listening and getting to know our Saviour, our problems become manageable:
Psalm 34:17 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
“I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened. He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!”