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listen to your life. all moments are key moments. —frederick buechner
be honest with yourself. when was the last time you sat and just had a real, live conversation with someone else, in which you took turns and genuinely listened to what they said? no devices. no tv. no music. no distractions.
no wonder it’s so hard for us to listen to god.
as we read in habakkuk 1, he boldly asked god all the really hard questions that were on his heart. it’s hard to love someone—even the creator of the universe—if you’re holding grudges and hiding your true feelings. habakkuk clearly loved god, but that didn’t keep him from respectfully challenging god with a request to help him understand the huge gap between what he believed and what he saw all around him.
once the prophet had finished asking his questions, he knew it was time to listen. the same is true for you. habakkuk wrote, “i will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; i will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer i am to give to this complaint” (habakkuk 2:1 niv, emphasis mine). i love these images. i will stand at my watch and look to see what god will say to me. sometimes the reason we’re not getting answers to our questions is that we’re not willing to pause and wait long enough for god to reveal himself to us.
the writer of psalm 46:10 quotes god: “be still, and know that i am god.” notice what god did not say: “be busy, and know that i am god.” he said, “be still.” be. still. and listen.
how do you actually listen to god? you can open his word and let his spirit bring truth to life. god speaks through circumstances, if you pause long enough to reflect. he speaks through people, offering divine wisdom from heaven. and he can speak directly to you through his spirit. when you belong to him, spend time with him, and quiet yourself before him, you will learn to recognize his voice.
maybe you’ve been asking god for what you need. that’s perfectly reasonable; god wants us to reach out to him. but are you willing to listen to what he has to say to you, even if his answer isn’t what you want to hear? keep listening. god will not abandon you in your time of need; he