A Listening AttitudeHandbook 2: Article 8 - Building Blocks

"...all My words that I shall speak to you, receive in your heart and hear with your ears."

Ezekiel 3:10

God's people assume a listening attitude. They watch daily at His gates to hear what He will say to them for their work rests upon His specific orders. They do not act, they do not speak, they do not move out in His name; they do nothing on their own initiative. Without His voice being heard, there is no revelation of His will, no light upon the path, no knowledge of His ways. "They give themselves up implicitly to divine guidance." (W.Nee) They fear lest they trespass on God's authority.

God speaks, I listen, for I know His voice.

I keep His words near; I remember what He tells me.

Day and night I meditate on them.

And soon they move beyond reason, beyond emotion; they enter my heart.

There I whet them, sharpen them, accept them, believe them; they settle down to stay.

They live in me, I live in them.

They abide in me, I abide in them.

I wait. I remember. The moment may come rapidly or it may wait for many years.

But this I know -- one day He will call His words to sound forth from me in praise, in thanksgiving, in obedience, in works of righteousness.

O may the sound be pure!

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