Verse of the day.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Just as you need an unceasing supply of air to stay physically alive and active, you need a steady supply of God to truly live out the life you have found in Him. He recognizes this and has made adequate provisions for you, in love. There’s never a time when God’s love and life do not abound for you, whether He speaks loudest or is silent. An understanding of this defines how you approach Him.
It is one thing to approach God, and another to approach Him from a place of rest. Understanding His perfect love for you births His rest in you; you come to the realization that things can only work for your good: you arrive at a place of perfect peace (Jeremiah 29:11).
Rest here doesn’t imply indifference or nonchalance. It rather implies a position of trust, and of constantly beholding His face even in the midst of daunting challenges. And rather than come to God with requests which have been defined by the external influences (of the world), we come to Him to listen to what He has to say about us, others and His purposes; we listen to the prayers He wants us to pray, and pray accordingly. This way we are made to receive much more than our daily bread from Him, we come to understand the times and seasons and what’s most needful for the moment.
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So when God seems silent, check:
- Are you approaching Him based on requests/needs that the outside world has defined?
- Is He saying something that’s totally disconnected from what you’re asking?
Many times we don’t hear God because we are not listening to what God has to say, we are rather listening to what God has to say about our current needs and circumstances. God is timeless and limitless, and so are His utterances. While we are busy asking for our daily bread (see related post below) God is more interested in telling us about His designs and purposes and what He hopes to accomplish in the years ahead of us. When we pay adequate attention to these, our daily bread naturally follows (Matthew 6:33). But when we fail to listen wholeheartedly to whatever He has to say, we subconsciously set the terms of our relationship with Him. Hence we limit Him, the limitless God.
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God sees how much desire and trust we place on ephemeral things, and in His love causes us to experience delays and losses so He can get our full attention and complete a work in us.
When you lose yourself in the love and desires of God for you and cultivate the habit of always listening to Him for the things He has to say and not necessarily for the things you desire, hearing Him becomes so clear and easy. This way your mind stays on Him, and He keeps you in perfect peace. Your life becomes filled with so much peace, joy, laughter, and tears (Psalms 37:4). You share in His joy and pain. And on those days when He seems silent, you dwell on the assurance that the graces of God are still very much available for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). And sometimes, there’s great joy and rest in waiting, listening, and following without necessarily knowing so much.
We do not doubt in the dark, the things we have been told in the light.
Many times we don't hear God because we are not listening to what God has to say, we are rather listening to what God has to say about our current needs and circumstances.Click To Tweet
Dear God, from today, I choose to listen to nothing and no one else above You, not even myself. My eyes, mind, and my heart are all wholeheartedly fixed on You, in trust, rest and reliance. I listen and hear perfectly, all that You have to say and I’m kept in perfect peace.
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