Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
- James 1:19, ESV
Do you remember learning to stop, look, and listen? Of course, you do.
This simple saying has been used across the globe to teach young children how to cross the street safely.
Before crossing the street, you should stop a safe distance from the road, look both ways and listen for any traffic; then, cross the road.
These three simple words can be applied in a variety of ways. I was recently sitting at my desk the other day, and those three words ran through my mind. The words caught me off guard, and I realized I should pay attention to this mental interruption.
- First, as a Christian, there are always things to stop.
We should stop missing our quiet time.
We should stop skipping church.
My list could go on and on.
But more importantly, what should you stop?
- Secondly, look beyond the normal and the natural.
Faith sees beyond our circumstances and is more profound than the surface. Faith can see mountains move, sickness healed, and prodigals coming home.
Faith looks to the heavens and sees a God that can do the impossible. Are you using your eyes of faith?
- Lastly, listen. Yes, listen.
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart (Proverbs 20:21, NIV).
Why is listening so hard? Because we love to talk. Listening to God and not just talking to Him must become a new trend.
I have yet to read many scriptures about the value of talking. But I have read many scriptures about the benefits of hearing His Word.
Julian Treasure believes that “Every human being has to listen consciously in order to live fully.”
Let’s look deeply at what we should stop doing, notice more, and listen better.