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Monday, February 13, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Devotion Of Hearing"


February 13, 2012


Speak; for Thy servant heareth.

1 Samuel 3:10

Because I have listened definitely to one thing from God, it does not
follow that I will listen to everything He says. The way in which I
show God that I neither love nor respect Him is by the obtuseness of
my heart and mind towards what He says. If I love my friend, I
intuitively detect what he wants, and Jesus says, "Ye are My
friends." Have I disobeyed some command of my Lord's this week? If I
had realized that it was a command of Jesus, I would not consciously
have disobeyed it; but most of us show such disrespect to God that we
do not even hear what He says, He might never have spoken.

The destiny of my spiritual life is such identification with Jesus
Christ that I always hear God, and I know that God always hears me
(John 11:41). If I am united with Jesus Christ, I hear God, by the
devotion of hearing all the time. A lily, or a tree, or a servant of
God, may convey God's message to me. What hinders me from hearing is
that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear
God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things,
to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do
not hear Him. The child attitude is always, "Speak, Lord, for Thy
servant heareth." If I have not cultivated this devotion of hearing,
I can only hear God's voice at certain times; at other times I am
taken up with things - things which I say I must do, and I become
deaf to Him, I am not living the life of a child. Have I heard God's
voice to-day?

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