Stopping to listen…

I must ask the Lord to open my ears to hear His words of love.  When God says: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness…” [Jeremiah 31:3] is that something that I believe [Trust in; rely on; adhere to]?  God speaks and desires the best for His children.  God’s heart wants me to follow the path that He has put in front of me so that I will always have access to water to be refreshed.  He wants me to stay on His chosen path because that is the one He has leveled so that I will not stumble.  I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father…” [v.9] This not talking about how difficult the path might become.  We think that just because the path become difficult that God has abandoned us.

The real difficulty is when I take a different path that appears to be less difficult.  But my path will eventually lead into the desert…where there is no water for refreshment and the path has not been cleared so there are places of quick-sand and shale that will cause me to stumble.

Because I am prone to wander, my Father calls cadence out to me from His Word.  He wants me to stay focused on Jesus who knows the path.  When I wander and then realize that I am no longer where I should be, I naturally expect that God will respond to me as an angry judge.  I am always amazed at His Father’s heart.  “…I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow…” [v.13]   Only when I stop and listen do I hear Him speak to m in loving-kindness.  This means that I have to stop my activity and ask my Father in heaven to open my ears to hear His words of love.  I must learn to listen before I can become interested in what God has to say.

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