Learning to listen is a skill, an art really. I experienced what it means to listen, really listen, when I wrote my first book.
I didn’t set out to write anything; it happened because I began listening to inspiration and wrote those initital thoughts down. This went on for a few weeks so I spoke to my Pastor about it. His advice was just to keep writing, and enjoy the experience. I was rewarded with fresh and profound insights from my Lord and Savior. The ride He took me on was rich and enlightening, designed for me, but meant to be shared.
I had never tried such an undertaking before. I studied business in college. But in my profession (Human Resources Manager) I had occasions to write. Small things – newsletters, employee handbooks, training manuals, and the occasional performance review. I knew I could write, and I’ve never been at a loss for words – until now. Finishing my first personal writing project has put me at a loss for words, because I didn’t really write it, I typed it. I listened to my heart – I listened to God, and the words flowed.
There is much Biblical precedence for listening to God speak to you. Here are a few verses from the Book of Proverbs (NIV):
Proverbs 1:5: Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance
Proverbs 1:33: But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Proverbs 4:10: Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
Proverbs 8:6: Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
In the days that follow, I will post excerpts from this Bible Study and tell you more about this amazing adventure my Savior took me on, because I was willing to listen. I pray you open your heart and listen to what He has to say to you, too.